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What is ironic about the timing of Caesar's murder, in relation to preceding events?

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Posted March 25, 2007 at 1:41 AM via web

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What is ironic about the timing of Caesar's murder, in relation to preceding events?

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pickjmh | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 10, 2007 at 3:45 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act III, scene i, there are two aspects of Caesar's death that might seem ironic to the audience. First, this great and powerful man was warned on several occasions that he would be killed on March 15th. The soothsayer warns Caesar to "beware the ides of March." His wife, Calpurnia, has just spent the night having nightmares about her husband's murder.Yet the man who has defeated so many enemies and is known as a tactical genius, ignores these warnings and openly walks into a trap designed to kill him. The most ironic thing, however, may be the fact that, in the moments immediately preceding his assassination, according to plan, Metellus approaches Caesar, begging him to repeal the exile of his brother. Caesar then gives a speech about his own greatness and unwaivering character. It is in this moment of boasting that the conspirators choose to begin the attack.

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