Julius Caesar Omens Essay

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By: Phillip Gigliotti

Omens Are Not To Be Ignored
A sign of the future of good or evil is considered to be an omen. Plenty of omens are displayed throughout the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by Shakespeare. If these omens are ignored negativity is often the only outcome for the character as demonstrated in the play. Some of these omens include Caesar ignoring Calpurnia’s unpleasant dream and his servant’s simple warning. Cassius disagrees with Casca’s statement of the god’s anger toward Caesar’s death and he allows Antony to live. Brutus disapproves of Cassius’s consent to prevent Antony from speaking at Caesars funeral and Brutus agrees to the ghost’s demands. Caesar, Cassius, and Brutus ignore important omens that are presented to them, which eventually led to their demise.

Foremost Julius Caesar faces plenty of omens throughout his journey including Calpurnia’s unfortunate dream towards Caesars life and his servants warning of the Ides of March. By ignoring these warnings Caesar is led to a tragic execution. Calpurnia had an important dream about Caesar and in the dream Caesar’s statue has blood poring out from it as if it were a fountain. In Calpurnia’s dream many Romans bathe their hands in Caesar’s blood which certainly signifies doom towards Caesars life. Caesar tries to explain Calpurnia’s dream to Decius, “Calpurnia here, my wife, stays at home: she dreamt to night she saw my statue, which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts, did run pure blood; and many lusty Romans came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it.” (Shakespeare, 2.2,75-79) Caesar tries to explain Calpurnia's dream to Decius, but Decius simply turns the story around stating that the dream was only a miss interpretation. Decius causes Caesar to re-think the symbolism behind the dream and he forgets about the warning that the dream displays of his possible death. Also, Caesar’s servant confronts Caesar the day before the Ides of March, before Caesar goes to bed. The servant...
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