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Shakespeare studies Name Institution. Shakespeare studies Most ancient Romans used superstitions as a way to explain nature as they were not enlightened enough. However, the rich class believed in less superstitions as they were enlightened more though there were superstitions that they still believed in. Romans sourced their beliefs in superstitions from the Etruscans. The Romans referred to the Etruscan books of divination, which included writings of what the gods meant through the signs and also writings of telling the future. The Etruscans could…show more content…
(Taylor, Myron, 2000) A second observable superstition in the play was that about the weather, thunder and lightning were believed to come with bad happenings. This was the rule in many of Shakespeare’s tragedies. An example from text is, there is ravaging thunder and lightning like no one had seen before in the night where Cassius and the conspirators are creating a plot to assassinate Caesar. Casca sees the weather that was shaking the streets and interprets it as either there was a civil strife in heaven or one is about to be on earth. This may show that the plot that was being made against Caesar would bring a civil strife on the land. However, these signs are seen to be interpreted differently to suite what you want them to mean. In this particular context, Cassius and the conspirators also see the lightning and hear the thunder and interpret it as a warning to the romans about Caesar’s monstrous state of tyranny in Rome. (Wells, Stanley and Michael Dobson, 2001) Thirdly, there is an expression of ‘Ides of March’. This actually referred to March 15, the day when Julius Caesar was assassinated by the Roman conspirators. This term at first appears when a soothsayer approached Caesar and warns him on two occasions to be aware of the ideas of March. Caesar however arrogantly dismisses the soothsayer’s thoughts terming them as mere dreams. Hence,
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