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Storms in Shakespeare

Julius Caesar is believed to be the first play performed at the Globe Theatre and includes the great storm scene which lasts over Act one Scene 3 and Act two Scene one.

Other storm scenes include

  • King Lear
  • The Tempest
  • Othello
  • Macbeth

Are there any other storm scenes in Shakespeare?

Which is the most effective?

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ACT TWO SCENE ONE

This is the most important scene for the actor playing Brutus. He must convince the audience of his reasons for joining the conspirators and the turmoil in his mind. Not because he hates Caesar but that he loves Rome more. If the audience do not sympathise with him here, then they will not care about the outcome and civil war that follows.

BRUTUS

It must be by his death: and for my part,
I know no personal cause to spurn at him,
But for the general. He would be crown’d:
How that might change his nature, there’s the question.
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder;
And that craves wary walking. Crown him?–that;–
And then, I grant, we put a sting in him,
That at his will he may do danger with.
The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins
Remorse from power: and, to speak truth of Caesar,
I have not known when his affections sway’d
More than his reason. But ’tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round.
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend. So Caesar may.
Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel
Will bear no colour for the thing he is,
Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented,
Would run to these and these extremities:
And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg
Which, hatch’d, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell.

Also

BRUTUS

Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar,
I have not slept.
Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
The Genius and the mortal instruments
Are then in council; and the state of man,
Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection

The “Genius” being the Spirit or mind and “mortal instruments” being the physical body. When they are at odds then the body suffers. In Brutus’ case with Insomnia.

When Cassius suggests killing Mark Antony as well Brutus is quick to disagree.

BRUTUS

Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,
Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;
For Antony is but a limb of Caesar:
Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius.
We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar;
And in the spirit of men there is no blood:
O, that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit,
And not dismember Caesar! But, alas,
Caesar must bleed for it! And, gentle friends,
Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully;
Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods,
Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds: 

When Portia enters and pleads to him to tell her his worries, it reinforces to the audience how much this action is costing Brutus in terms of health and happiness.

This is a vital scene for the actor playing Brutus. It is similar to ACT ONE SCENE SEVEN  of Macbeth in which the characters thoughts and reasons are vital to the success of the play.

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