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In Julius Caesar, Act I, what does the soothsayer tell Caesar in Scene 2, and how does Caesar respond?

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hilahmarca | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted July 21, 2011 at 4:42 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act I Scene 2, the soothsayer says only one short line to Caesar, but he says it twice.  The line is the famous saying, "Beware the Ides of March" (line 20).  The Ides of March is March 15, so the soothsayer (a fortune teller) is warning Caesar that something bad will happen to him on that day.  Caesar pays little attention to him.  In fact, he couldn't even hear him at first, hence the reason why the soothsayer repeated himself.  Caeser quickly dismisses him by saying "He is a dreamer.  Let us leave him.  Pass!" (line 25).

Though Caesar ignores the soothsayer, he ends up running into him again in Act III, Scene I. Caesar remembers the Soothsayer's warning and says, "The Ides of March are come" (line 1).  Caesar is basically mocking the soothsayer because his warning didn't hold up.  The Soothsayer replies, "Ay, Caesar, but not gone" (line 2).  Of course, a few hours later, Caesar is killed and the soothsayer is vindicated.

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