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1. The very first thing that I propose doing in Act II Scene I, that *they should have known* would be a good idea, is to swear our resolution to be faithful to each other. But Brutus turns it down and we all just "agree" to the plot. All noble and good but I knew those other conspirators would betray us if we didn't have them swear! Literally zero other conspirators from this scene are still fighting with our army in the second half of the play, and as far as I know none of them died.
Which "dull" conspirator, who dismisses my question about Cicero's speech with "It was Greek to me," is the most important other conspirator and designated to stab Caesar first - who *still* did not fight with us?
2. The next thing that *they should have known* would be important was to get another elder statesman on board. We choose not to bring him on because he's too old and important to join other people's work, but I still maintain that having him would have helped the cause. But, again, Brutus turns it down.
Which elder statesman, who "spoke Greek" earlier in the play and appears in the storm sequence as well, do I propose adding to our roster? He dies offstage due to the proscriptions of our enemies so he ought to have been in our camp to have had some protection, don't you think?
3. Right after that whole fiasco, I explain that a dangerous ally of Caesar's should definitely not outlive him. This one I know I was right about! This guy was terrible, just so dangerous to us, and we should not have let him live! He loved Caesar too much and proved that his skill in kindling that love in others was a sharp weapon in his arsenal.
Who did Brutus convince me to keep alive even as we attacked Caesar?
4. Alright, admittedly I myself didn't say anything at the time but I probably should have stopped this other idea that they definitely should have known was a bad one. After our team killed Caesar, we did something that just made us look far more terrifying and evil than we should have wanted to look. What action was this?
5. So Caesar just died, and then Mark Antony showed up. Fantastic. We should have known to be strict with him, but instead, he asked us for one small favor for Caesar's funeral. They should have known not to grant this, but again Brutus came through with the terrible decision to grant Antony's request.
Which request was this that proved our final downfall?
6. Okay, this I couldn't stand for. Before the battle, I saw that Brutus had started to condemn our own allies, like Lucius Pella, for minor crimes - when we needed all hands on deck to defeat the enemy! What is wrong with that guy and his personal armies? They should have known that we'd need everyone we could get, even if a bit unsavory. What crime had Lucius Pella even committed? Oh, a crime that I myself was accused of? Well, then. I deny that. But what crime was this?
7. Finally, we get to planning the battle. I argue that we should wait for the enemy to seek us, and they all should have known this was the best way to do things, but of course Brutus didn't agree. He decided to seek the enemy instead, forcing us into an all-or-nothing battle.
8. Well we finally get to the battle of the end of the play, thank goodness. And hey, I didn't come up with this idea, but there's someone here to "greet" us along with Mark Antony. Someone I *should* have thought of killing along with Caesar, and why no one else came up with the idea I don't know. Do I have to do all the thinking around here? They should have known we should have eliminated him!
Which young ally of Antony's proves just as irksome and difficult to control, insulting us with "I was not born to die on Brutus' sword"?
9. At the battle itself, I tell Messala of a powerful omen that clearly told us that our battle could not succeed. They should have known to heed this omen but, at this point, it was admittedly too late. Which omen was this, which clearly showed us that our army was lying under "a canopy most fatal"?
10. Alright, I'm not perfect. I make mistakes too. At the end of the battle, I make a pretty critical error, in fact, which leads directly to my own demise. What should I have known better than to do?
Source: Author merylfederman
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