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By Nudrat Kamal In Critical Analyses Shakespearean drama often dealt with the eternal conflict between fate and free will. Through his characters, Shakespeare addressed the universal human struggle between succumbing to fate and exercising free will to overcome your fate.
Like in his other works, the characters of Julius Caesar wrestle with this dilemma as well: Does man have the power to change his destiny? Each of the main characters of this play struggle with the important question of whether or not their actions can change the course of fate, and by the end of the play, this conflict is resolved in different ways.
The presence of fate is felt right from the beginning of the play. First of all, there is the fact that the play is based upon historical facts, which means that the audience is aware, even before reading or watching it, what will happen.
This knowledge inspires in the audience a feeling of inevitability and encourages them to think about fate and to what extent our actions are free. In terms of the play itself, Shakespeare uses devices such as soothsayers, omens and dreams to indicate the role that fate is playing over the events.
Therefore, Shakespeare makes it clear that the workings of fate play a significant part in the events that consequently unfold. Caesar, having so long embodied an almost The tragedy of the hero julius caesar figure, brushes aside the warnings that might have saved him from his fate at the Senate.
It is indicated, through his conversation with Calphurnia, that he thinks that being the demigod he believes himself to be, he would be protected from whatever fate has in store. He acknowledges the strange omens witnessed by everyone in the days following up to his assassination, but he attributes these omens to the world at large and not necessarily to himself.
However, despite his brushing off of the significance of fate, Caesar holds an implicitly fatalistic view of the world and human life. His most famous lines also lend support to his fatalism: Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear, Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it was come.
Had he listened to the warnings and stayed home that day, he might have been able to prevent his unfortunate end. Before the assassination of Caesar, he is not concerned with his own personal fate, but he thinks he has a certain power to change the fate he believes Rome has in store for itself.
Brutus is adamant that he will do anything in his power to change the course of this fate. He honestly thinks that by killing Caesar, he can save Rome from its fate.
Where Caesar believed himself to be immune from fate, Brutus feels that he can control fate. However, this belief in his power over fate is markedly altered after Caesar has been killed.
As civil war rages in Rome, Brutus begins to admit that circumstances are moving along paths which cannot be controlled. There is a tide in the affairs of men Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
In the speech where he convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy, he dismisses the idea of blaming fate or destiny for what happens in your life. Men at some time are masters of their fate: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
I, ii, This affirmation of his freedom from the workings of fate does not change even after the assassination of Caesar. Unlike Brutus, who sees suicide as a subjection to fate, Cassius views this act of self-annihilation as exerting control over his fate. Cassius does, however, begin to acknowledge fate as more influential than he used to believe it to be.
However, in the play, as in life, there is no completely satisfying resolution of the question of whether or not fate can be controlled by free will. The events which occurred can be due as much to the actions of the characters as to fate itself. Maybe the actions of the characters were what defined their own respective destinies.
Works Cited Knights, L. Structure, convention and meaning in Julius Caesar. Edward Blount and William Jaggard Publications, Ritual in Julius Caesar. Stanford University Press, Julius Caesar is a Tragic Hero The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is a tale not completely focused on Julius Caesar himself.
But is instead focused more . Jul 06, · The Role of Fate in the Shakespearean Tragedy Julius Ceasar. On July 6, February 15, By Nudrat Kamal In Critical Analyses.
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First performed around , when the English royal succession was uncertain, Julius Caesar confronts the dangers of political turmoil. The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar - Tragic Hero In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, I saw two main characters as tragic heroes.
First, I saw Julius Caesar as a tragic hero because his will to gain power was so strong that he ended up losing his life for it.