Read the excerpt below from act 2.4 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows. PORTIA:Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?Soothsayer:Madam, not yet. I go to take my standTo see him pass on to the Capitol.PORTIA:Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou not?Soothsayer:That I have, lady. If it will please CaesarTo be so good to Caesar as to hear me,I shall beseech him to befriend himself.PORTIA:Why? Know'st thou any harm's intended towards him?Soothsayer:None that I know will be; much that I fear may chance. . . . I'll get me to a place more void, and thereSpeak to great Caesar as he comes along. . . .PORTIA:O Brutus,The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise! What does this interaction reveal about each character's motives?
Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:In this character interaction, the two characters have warring motivations. The soothsayer wants to warn Caesar again; this is evidenced by his statements, I shall beseech him to befriend himself, meaning to protect himself. When he says, I'll get me to a place more void and there/Speak to great Caesar as he comes along, we find that the soothsayer wants to get Caesar alone, probably because he doesn't know who around him can be trusted. Conversely, Portia wants Brutus to succeed in his assassination of Caesar. When the soothsayer tells her he is going to warn Caesar to protect himself she replies, Why? Know'st thou any harm's intended towards him? in an effort to find out what he knows. By her lines O Brutus,/The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise! we see that she wants him to hurry and commit the act before Caesar can be warned.