Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:
The effects of power: Students should discuss the ways that power was explored in the play including the conspirators' reasons for the assassination, Caesar's behavior in acts 1 through 3, Brutus' and Cassius' reactions to Caesar's assassination, Mark Antony's ascent to the Second Triumvirate, and the ways that the pursuit of power led to the Battle of Philippi.
Betrayal and friendship: Students should discuss the value of friendship to the Republic, the role of friendship and betrayal between Brutus and Caesar and Brutus and Cassius, the destruction of friendship noted in Brutus' assassination of his friend, Caesar, and the destruction of friendship as evidenced by the argument between Brutus and Cassius in act 4. Friendship is sacrificed with Caesar's death.
Honor and integrity: Students should discuss the role of honor and integrity among these men, particularly as it guides Brutus in his actions throughout the play.
Fate vs. free will: Students should discuss the ways that the events of the play highlight both fate and free will. Students may discuss Brutus' stoicism, evident in his reaction to Portia's death, and his own fate at the hands of Octavius' army; Caesar's acceptance of death despite the soothsayer and Artemidorus' warnings; or Brutus and Cassius' suicides.