Fate vs Free Will in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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The hubris of rich, powerful, or politically connected men creates a false sense of security that often leads to their fate being a horrific downfall. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare exposes the conflicting ideas that exist between fate and free will by showing the relationship between Caesar, Brutus, and their wives, and how the decisions Cassius makes effect his fate. Conflicting ideas existed between the spouses and as well as the decisions Cassius make and how they affect him. Fate gives Brutus a chance to change his decision that he made of his own free will about killing Caesar by having Portia, who is Brutus’s wife, encourage him to change his mind. First, Portia gives Brutus a sign of fate by revealing that when the men left her house they hid their faces “even from darkness” (II, i, 905). Brutus decides to ignore Portia’s warning about men who hide their faces, which is one of the events that leads up to Brutus’s, and also Portia’s suicidal act of “[swallowing] hot coals”, fated suicide (Salem Press). Next, Portia reminds Brutus that she is not weak because she is “well reputed” and a woman that Brutus saw fit to marry (II, i, 923). Even knowing and being sufficiently reminded that Portia is not of lesser intelligence than he is; Brutus still continues on with his decision to betray Caesar. Also, Portia reminds Brutus that he can trust her to help him make the right decision and that she will not “disclose” his secrets to others (II, i, 926). Brutus at this

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