January 14 2012
How Shakespeare Utilizes Foreshadowing to Determine the Fate of Characters In William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” the characters all foreshadowed their own deaths. Whether it is in what they see, what they do or what they hear, their deaths are all foreseen. Brutus, Caesar and Antony’s deaths in particular are all foreshadowed and that is what this essay is about. At some point in the play they see things pointing to their deaths and don’t acknowledge them. By the end of the play they pay the price for being so naïve. The first character that I am going to explain how he foreshadowed his death is Brutus. He was a part of the conspiracy against Caesar. He only joined the conspiracy because Cassius had convinced him that Caesar would make a bad leader and that he would make a better one. While talking to Cassius he says, “For let the gods so speed me as I love \ The name of honour more than I fear death.” (Brutus, Act 1/2 Ln 88-89) this quote means that he was willing to do anything in order to have the throne. He was even willing to kill his best friend, Caesar, for the sake of Rome. “Not that I loved Caesar less, \ but that I loved Rome more.” (Brutus, Act 3/2 Ln 21-22) this is another one of his quotes. This was one of his reasons for killing Caesar. The quote means that he did love Caesar very much, but he felt that if Caesar was put into power that he would not be a good ruler. He loved Rome more, so he had to kill Caesar. The next character I will explain how he foreshadowed his own death is Antony. Caesar is the first person to foreshadow his death when he says, “And in their steads do ravens, crows and kites
Fly o’er our heads and downward look on us
As we were sickly prey: their shadows seem
A canopy most fatal, under which
Our army lies, ready to give up the ghost” (Caesar, Act 5/1 Ln 84-88) This quote foreshadows his death in a very subtle way. Caesar is saying that, that morning...