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How does Cassius view the storm and the omens from Julius Caesar by William...

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Posted June 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM via web

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How does Cassius view the storm and the omens from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, and what does Cicero mean by: “Men may construe things after their fashion, / Clean from the purpose of the things themselves” (I.iii.34–35)?

 

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 25, 2013 at 2:40 AM (Answer #1)

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This is a great question. There are many omens in Julius Caesar. This is very much in keeping with the tenor of Roman history, as omens fill the annals of Roman history. 

When we look at Julius Caesar,we see many different interpretations of these omens. Before the night of the assassination of Caesar, there are many omens (or portents) and a storm, and no one seems to interpret them correctly. For instance, Cassius interprets them as the dangers that lie ahead for Rome in view of Caesar's ambition. Cassius believes that Caesar is aiming for kingship. He even uses these omens to persuade Brutus to join the conspiracy. Caesar, on the other hand, pretty much ignores them. 

What Cicero states is that people pretty much interpret things in they way they want to. This is patently true, because omens can be interpreted in many different ways. For example, the storm could be a sign that the gods disapprove of the conspiracy that has been hatched! 

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