Friday, December 12, 2008

Fate Vs. Free Will

In Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar the theme of fate versus free will is very relevant. I think Shakespeare believes that fate and free will coincide with each other and the line between the two is very delicate.

Fate is represented in the many prophecies and omens mentioned throughout the play. Free will is represented by the characters making big decision. Many characters had struggles between their fate and free will. Caesar, Cassius, and Brutus are the main ones. Caesar fate was prevalent in the beginning of the book when he ignored the soothsayer saying. “Beware the ides of March.” and later Calphurnia had a dream about Caesar dying. Later in the book Brutus and Cassius make many rash decisions that changed their fate drastically. For example, killing Caesar and then killing themselves.

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