The Death Of Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare And The Rwandan Genocide

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Warnings play a very important role in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. The omens and nightmares in the play foreshadow the death of Julius Caesar that later resulted to chaos in Rome. The events that lead to the assassination of Julius Caesar are predicted by omens from characters such as his wife Calphurnia, the Soothsayer, Artemidorus and from the environment. Similarly, many warnings in the Rwanda history triggered the genocidal slaughter, the Rwandan Genocide. The warnings illustrated tensions between ethnics groups such as the Rwandan Revolution in 1959 and Dallaire’s letter. Like Julius Caesar, member at the United Nation headquarter pay no attention to the ethnic tensions that existed before the genocide, which resulted to the slaughter of almost a million people. The keys plays in both Julius Caesar and the Rwandan Genocide ignore environmental, personal or social warnings about the impending danger. Julius Caesar’s negligence and misinterpretation to the omens from the supernatural and prophecies result in his failure to prevent his death. Caesar’s choice to ignore the soothsayer’s warnings to “beware the Idles of March”(I.ii.18) represents his arrogance and misunderstanding of being invulnerable. Therefore, triggering the inability to heed omens from the soothsayer that refers to the exact date of Caesar’s assassination. He sees the soothsayer as “a dreamer”(I.ii.26) and fails to perceive the
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