Julius Caesar's Theme

Courtney Savignano

Theme

William Shakespeares' tragedy Julius Caesar shows the reader fate vs. free will through the use of point of view and foreshadowing. This is a theme because Caesar raises the idea of fate more then free will. Unlike Caesar though Cassius believes in free will more then fate because he see's fate as cowardice. Overall the play seems to support free will and fate between different characters. For example Caesar sees that some events that happen in life cant be controlled by humans while also Brutus sees that humans control all the aspects hence free will. In the end Caesars ghost changes Brutus and Cassius's mind about free will and fate.

Quotes

“Men at sometime were masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings” (Act 1, Scene 2, 140-142) This explains the theme because its saying that fate is not in the Gods but in men.


“It seems to me most strange that men should fear, Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come” (Act 2, Scene 2, 35-37)

Caesar is saying here that if he dies today then his fate was him for to die that day.