Imperative Mood? - 'and let us...'

Murellus

Senior Member
English
In Shakespeare's, Julius Caesar 3:1:106, Brutus says:
'And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood'

Is this in an imperative mood or something I read as cohortative (which seems unlikely)?

2nd question: Could this therefore be an imperative then if Brutus says earlier:

Stoop, Romans, stoop,
And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood
Up to the elbows and besmear our swords.

He says this with the other conspirators in the scene.
 
  • timpeac

    Senior Member
    English (England)
    I have always been taught that "let us xxxx" (or more often "let's xxxxx") is the first person plural imperative.

    It's all really just terminology though - at the end of the day it's the way to suggest you and those listening to you do something.
     

    timpeac

    Senior Member
    English (England)
    This seems quite informative - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohortative_mood .

    I think what you call these things depends really on the language you are looking at and conventions. Since English doesn't inflect its verbs to make this distinction, I agree that it would seem odd to talk of a "cohortative mood" unless this is in direct comparison to a language which has one.
     
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