Comparing Julius Caesar And Decius Brutus Essay

1557 Words Nov 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Road signs direct us where to go to reach our destination, whether it be to keep going straight or turn, and which areas to avoid because of a construction or accident. When a person ignores the signs, it can both figuratively and literally often lead them to the wrong destination. People frequently see what they want to see, rather than the reality and truth of a situation. Disregarding major signs that one sees or brushing them off can certainly result in a tragic end. In the play Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare writes about the way in which omens lead to the downfall of characters as several characters overlook and misunderstand omens, in addition to characters that accept omens but are too late. Julius Caesar and Decius Brutus are among those who ignore and misinterpret the signs while Caius Cassius is the character that acknowledges the signs too late. The main protagonist, Julius Caesar, seems to suffer the greatest repercussions and consequences from brushing off all the signs presented to him and instead accepting the incorrect interpretations of these signs from others as it is what he wants to believe. In one instance, Caesar asked the augurers whether or not he should go out today and after performing an animal ritual, they advise him not to “stir forth today. Plucking the entrails of an offering forth, They could not find a heart within the beast” (2.2.41-43). He disregards this however, saying that “Caesar shall go forth” (2.2.50). By ignoring that which the…

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