Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Julius Caesar: Model Explanation of (Act I: Scene I. Lines 33 to 35)

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What conquest brings he home?
What tributaries follow him to Rome,
To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels?
The tribunes are asking the mob to disperse and not to wait to see the triumphal procession of Caesar. First they tell them that since they are artisans they must not leave their occupations and stir out on a working day. One of the citizens, a cobbler by profession, humorously says that he has brought the others out to wear out their shoes, so that he gets more work to do. At this Marullus, one of the tribunes, reacts sharply. He asks them to tell him as to what conquest Caesar has made. The implication is that since Caesar has only defeated the sons of Pompey, it is only victory in a civil war, and hence does not deserve to be celebrated. If he had won a victory over another nation, he would have brought captives along with him who would have been tied to the wheels of his chariot as he drove in the triumphal procession. Now this is not the case. The citizens go away tongue-tied.