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What two 'supernatural' events  does Casca describe to Cicero in Act I Sc.3 ?  

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Posted September 23, 2009 at 10:04 PM via web

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What two 'supernatural' events  does Casca describe to Cicero in Act I Sc.3 ?


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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted September 23, 2009 at 11:44 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act I Sc.3 Casca and Cicero meet on a Roman street in the evening. The weather is terrible and a storm is raging and both the heaven and the earth seem to have been shaken by the Gods above leading Casca to remark:

"Either there is a civil strife in heaven,
Or else the world, too saucy with the gods,
Incenses them to send destruction."

Cicero immediately asks him what other terrible sights he has seen and Casca lists out for him all the weird things seen by him. Two of the most striking 'supernatural' events described by Casca are (1) the slave who was completely insensible to his hand blazing away like twenty torches burning together and not being scorched at all and (2) the nocturnal owl hooting and shrieking in the market place at noon.

1. "A common slave--you know him well by sight--

Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn
Like twenty torches join'd, and yet his hand,
Not sensible of fire, remain'd unscorch'd."

2. "And yesterday the bird of night did sit

Even at noon-day upon the market-place,
Hooting and shrieking."

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