Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar


William Shakespeare

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Julius Caesar: Act 5, scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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In the midst of the battle, Brutus sends Messala in haste with orders for Cassius’s forces. Octavius’s forces appear to be vulnerable, so now is the time to pour all of Cassius’s forces into the attack.
While this maneuver successfully overcomes Octavius’s troops, it also leaves Cassius vulnerable to Antony's troops. This illustrates the shifting fortunes of the battlefield and supports the larger theme that human choices often yield unforeseen, fateful consequences.
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