Discuss to What Degree It Is the God's Who Send Destruction in the Play Julius Caesar

Discuss to What Degree It Is the God's Who Send Destruction in the Play Julius Caesar

  • Submitted By: Tostades
  • Date Submitted: 08/17/2008 8:01 PM
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All characters in the play ‘Julius Caesar’ have their own flaws which lead to their eventual deaths, however, the presence of Gods and superstition is always present throughout the play, and is somewhat undervalued by most characters. There are a number of superstitious signals, or warnings, given to characters throughout the play that imply the Gods have a large influence. In ‘Julius Caesar’, Shakespeare uses the presence of the Gods to add another level of depth to the play, questioning again who is to really blame for the events that take place.

Although the Gods are definitely partly responsible for the events that take place in the play, the mindset and ideals of the main characters in the play are somewhat equally to blame. For example, Brutus is easily manipulated throughout the play by Cassius, where next to no mentioning of the Gods takes place to influence the thoughts of Brutus. Again, Cassius makes little reference to the Gods while he is manipulating Brutus to agree with his plans. This is somewhat the biggest cause of chaos amidst the setting of Rome. However, Cassius does mention the Gods at one point, where he refers to Caesar as a God. However, he mentions “this man / Is now become a God”, however “this God did shake” contradicts the comparison to a God, making him seem more of a mortal than a superior person. Although Cassius refers to Caesar as a God, this does not imply any real presence of the Gods, only an oratory skill used by Cassius to manipulate Brutus. All of this implies that the Gods are not accountable for the destruction that is to come later in the play, it is more the desires and actions of the characters in the play.

Some men believe in the will of the Gods whereas others believe in being in control of their own fate. Casca, for example, believes in the will of the Gods, thinking the “civil strife in heaven” will “send destruction”. Casca has a strong connection with the Gods and superstitious world, connecting the Gods...

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