Julius Caesar Essay

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Julius Caesar Essay Prominently featured in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is the battle between fate and free will; which consequently brings into question Shakespeare's point of view on the matter. Strong evidence and examples are provided for both belief systems, and both are eloquently argued throughout the play. With the otherworldly activities such as the lion in the capitol, and the introduction of the Soothsayer, fate is acknowledged and countered with the belief of free-will with the choice of Caesar to go to the capitol. . Concurring to the belief of fate is the idea of free will, the idea that man alone is in complete control of his life. As Cassius so . . . delicately puts it, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves, that we are underlings." (I.ii. 140-141). Roughly translated, Cassius means that fate isn't to blame, and that humans are held responsible for their actions. Free will can be argued with the fact of the quote above, humans are responsible and they can only blame themselves. Caesar is displayed most with the battle of fate vs. free will. He makes a climatic choice of disobeying Calpurnia, his wife, and not heeding the Soothsayers warnings. "The cause is in my will; I will not come. That is enough to satisfy the Senate" (II.ii. 71-72), starts Caesar as his wife confronts him of the Ides of March and his coronation. This confrontation shakes Caesar as he is empathetically set in his decision to stay home, in the act of comforting his wife. However, Caesar is flipping a coin inside his mind, swaying between listening to his wife and his 'friends' trying to persuade him out. His friends use of the rhetorical appeals worked wondrously to the plan of his conspires' as he decided that it was foolish of him to listen to Calpurnia, and he must go to the capitol (II.ii.106-106). All things that can be

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