Caesar's assassination is one of the most famous scenes of the play (Act 3, scene 1). After ignoring the soothsayer, as well as his wife's own premonitions, Caesar comes to the Senate. The conspirators create a superficial motive for coming close enough to assassinate Caesar by means of a petition brought by Metellus Cimber, pleading on behalf of his banished brother. After Caesar rejects the petition, Casca cries "Speak, hands for me!" and stabs Caesar; the others follow suit; Brutus is last. At this point, Shakespeare makes Caesar utter the famous lines "Et tu, Brute? (You too, Brutus?) Then fall, Caesar," suggesting that such treachery destroyed Caesar's will to live.

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