Julius Caesar Omens Essay

1466 Words Jan 21st, 2011 6 Pages
By: Phillip Gigliotti

Omens Are Not To Be Ignored A sign of the future of good or evil is considered to be an omen. Plenty of omens are displayed throughout the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by Shakespeare. If these omens are ignored negativity is often the only outcome for the character as demonstrated in the play. Some of these omens include Caesar ignoring Calpurnia’s unpleasant dream and his servant’s simple warning. Cassius disagrees with Casca’s statement of the god’s anger toward Caesar’s death and he allows Antony to live. Brutus disapproves of Cassius’s consent to prevent Antony from speaking at Caesars funeral and Brutus agrees to the ghost’s demands. Caesar, Cassius, and Brutus ignore important omens that are presented to
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Cassius explains, “Marc Antony, so well beloved of Caesar, should outlive Caesar... as to annoy us all : which to prevent, let Antony and Caesar fall together.” (Shakespeare, 2.1,154-161) Cassius states that he wants Caesar dead, but never follows through with his plans. If Cassius were to only ignore Brutus’s opinion about Antony living he would not have to realize the truth during Antony’s speech about what the conspirators did to Caesar and how it was wrong. Since Cassius ignores his own omen about taking out Antony he later regret’s it because it is what leads Cassius to his suicide. Cassius disregards Casca’s warning of the God’s disappointment during the storm and fails to assassinate Antony along with Caesar. Clearly this proves that Cassius overlooks omens which significantly affects his life as he was soon led to suicide.

Alternatively, Marcus Brutus does not acknowledge various omens which later become reasons for his demise near the time of his death. Brutus disagrees with Cassius’s consent to prevent Antony from speaking at Caesar's funeral and Brutus agrees to go where the ghost requests. Brutus engages in a quick conversation with Cassius where he allows Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. Cassius disapproves of Brutus’ decision because he believes it may cause the people of Rome to realize that the conspirators were in fact murders. Cassius states, “You know not what you do: do not consent that Antony
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