Essay Julius Caesar (Superstisions Analysis)

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"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice," proclaimed William Jennings Bryan. Many people believe in destiny and fate and a set-in-stone, unbreakable path for their lives. Caesar's ego warps and distorts his interpretation of various superstitions in Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. Although he believes in superstition and the supernatural, he selectively chooses his interpretation. Be it a dream, fortune-telling, or a common superstition, it always benefits Caesar, or it

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Then, another interpretation comes into play that says that the dream can be interpreted to mean that the people will be rejoicing under Caesar's rule, and he gladly accepts, "How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia! …give me my robe, for I will go." (Shakespeare, pg. 81)
Caesar's constant mistakes throughout the novel of not believing in the negative signs that eventually leads up to his death. He could have been much more wary had he heeded to the multiple warnings. All the way in the beginning, a soothsayer warns him, "Beware the ides of March." (Shakespeare, pg. 15) Caesar's ego hides any pessimistic predictions for his future, and he pays little attention to the warning. There were many more signs, all pointing to the same fate, and Caesar did not listen, "Alas, my dear, your wisdom is consumed in confidence. Do not go forth today," (Shakespeare, pgs. 77-78) warns his wife on the day he was murdered. Caesar does not listen to her in the end. His murder was executed as forecasted, and if he had listened to all the warnings, he may have saved his own life.
Caesar's stubbornness and ego eventually ended up being his demise. He would willingly listen to any superstition that was told to benefit him, but as soon as a negative reading was given, Caesar proclaimed himself above superstition. If he had listened to even one of the warnings, he would have been more
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