Foreshadowing in Julius Caesar

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1.“A common slave--you'd know him well by sight--
Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn
Like twenty torches join'd, and yet his hand
Not sensible of fire remain'd unscorch'd.”
Interpretation/foreshadow: For a slave to hold up a his burning had that somehow remained immune to the fire, to me represents an angry rebellion. Caesar is very “hot headed” and arrogant so a slave would naturally be angry at his leaders indifference to him hence a hot burning angry fire on a fist on defiance and rebellion.

2. “...besides,--I ha' not since put up my sword,--
Against the Capitol I met a lion,
Who glared upon me, and went surly by,
Without annoying me:”
Interpretation/foreshadow: A lion represent a very powerful and mighty beast, like a King. The lion is a vicious animal. This could be how some of the people see Caesar. Shakespeare could be saying this as a way to hint at the possibility of having an aggressive leader in the future of Rome.

“...and there where drawn
upon a heap a hundred ghastly women,
Transformed with their fear...”
Interpretation/foreshadow: For hundreds of haunting women to be gathered in a heap creates an image of a very uneasy, and fearful environment and setting. The community is not at all peaceful in Rome.

“...men, all in fire, walk up and down the streets.”
Interpretation/foreshadow: Fire can be seen as anger, fright, and aggression. So For a group of men to be burning in flames walking down a street this could be seen as an angry mob or rebellious group. Perhaps the group Casca is assembling to meet at Pompey’s Porch that very night.

“...And yesterday the bird of night did sit
Even at noonday upon the marketplace,
Howling and shrieking.”
Interpretation/foreshadow: This creates an image of a dark shadowy day, so dark that a night owl could mistake midday for midnight. Owls where seen as bad omens so perhaps...
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