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In Act II of "Julius Caesar," suspense is enhanced with the action of the short scene because again there is interplay of fate and choice. Artemidorus, a teacher and dear friend of Caesar's, who is also a friend of some of the conspirators, has learned of the plot against Caesar. Therefore, he has written a letter which warns Ceasar of the plot, naming the conspirators. When Caesar passes on this day, the Ides of March, Artemidorus plans to hand Caesar his paper as a suitor looking for a political favor. Suggesting this very interplay of fate and choice, Artemidorus says,
If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayest live;/If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive. (II,iii,14-15)
Here, for Caesar, is an opportunity for him to defy the Fates if he only read the letter.
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