Warnings In Julius Caesar Essay

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Throughout the tragedy of Julius Caesar, there have been numerous occasions of foreshadowing Caesar’s fate. Julius Caesar has received both direct warnings, and indirect omens that he has chosen to ignore. Firstly, Caesar has been receiving direct warnings from the soothsayer, artemidorus, and his wife, Calpurnia. Each warning is given differently, for example, the soothsayer’s warning was direct and clear “beware the ides of march”. Here, the soothsayer is warning Caesar to take extra precautions on that day, as something horrible (death) might happen to him. The next warning is from Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia. Calpurnia began noticing several different unusual before Caesar’s death, such as her dream “She dreamt tonight she saw my status, / Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts,/ Did run pure blood; and many lusty Romans/ Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it” (II.ii.76-79), which literally foreshadowed the scene after Caesar’s death. Caesar’s next warning is slightly different, is in form of a letter, written by Artemidorus stating the plan of the conspirators, and which conspirators exactly were in on it, and it states “if you read this o Caesar, thou mayst live” (III.i). Secondly, There is an appearance of numerous supernatural omens throughout the city of Rome, preceding the ides of march.…show more content…
Out of all the warnings he has received, the ones he truly felt were true were Calpurnia’s dream and the discovery of the beast without a heart. Another reason why caesar didn’t take the warnings seriously, although everyone loyal to him did is his arrogance. Caesar was very arrogant and this is shown through the way he speaks, which is always in the third person. Caesar’s ignorance and Caesar’s arrogance were the leading causes of his demise. Had he come to his senses earlier, and not let his arrogance get in the way of his safety, Caesar may have lived longer than he
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