Prophecy of Julius Caesar and Macbeth
Both the plays of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Macbeth use prophecy. Its purpose is for multiple reasoning’s, one of which is ordinarily to set the themes of the story. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Macbeth have similarities in their prophecies, just as well as they have differences.
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to “Beware the Ides of March.” He was told more than once to not go to the Senate on March 15th, another one of the times was when his wife had a nightmare about him being murdered, yet he still went. The dream that Calpurnia had dreamed had came true. In Macbeth, Macbeth is told a prophecy about him becoming the first Thane of Cawdor and then King. After that he is told a multiple of other prophecies, all of which came true. Also in both of the plays some of the prophecies aren’t so obvious, they have to think about it to figure it out.
In Macbeth one of the prophecies is that he shall be the King, but it is uncertain if Macbeth is fated to be the King or he has determination to be one. Another one of the prophecies is that Banquo’s offspring shall be the Kings of Scotland for many generations. As the play goes on Macbeth strains himself to make the prophecy come true, and along the way he destroys Banquo. Banquo never lived long enough to see his portion of the prophecy come true.
In Julius Caesar there were not that many prophecies, just the one of the Ides of March. Not only was it a prophecy but it was also a warning of what would happen. Something else that happened that was similar to a prophecy was when Julius Caesar’s ghost came to talk with Brutus. Caesar’s ghost served more as an omen than anything, he told Brutus the bad things that would happen.
In conclusion, the two plays are similar in the way that they both have prophecies in them. They all come true, but they are told in different ways.