julius caesarwhat is the significance in julius caesar of act1 scene 1, act1 scene 2,act 1 scene 3

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katemschultz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shakespeare plays with one of his favorite themes in this play--fate versus free will. Both Caesar and Cassius ignore omens and that leads to their downfalls.

In the beginning of the play, Caesar ignores the Soothsayers warning to beware the ideas of March. Caesar also ignores Calpurnia's dream about his bleeding statute and allows Decius to persuade him to go to Capitol. Perhaps one of the biggest omens Caesar ignores is the sacrifice--the animal was alive without a heart, but he also misinterprets that sign as well.

Cassius, however, comes to understand and heed the omens. On the way to Phillippi, he notices the eagles that accompanied him were replaced by scavenger birds--probably foretelling the poor battle that was to befall them.


In the beginning of the play, Cassius ignores Casca's warnings about a firestorm, a slave who's hand was on fire, a lion in the middle of the market place, men who were on fire, but not harmed, and an owl he saw in the middle of the day. He feels that these are all warnings suggesting the murder of Caesar will go poorly. Cassius misinterprets the signs and says that they are signs that there is a tyrant (Caesar) who needs to be "taken care of".

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the beginning of this play, we are learning about Caesar as a character by what he does and says, but also by what others say about him.  In these scenes, we know he is weak (his physical ailments, etc.) and that he is proud and ambitious.  We also know that he is a superstitious man.

The significance of all of this is that he does become a well-rounded character in a short time, and after the murder, we as readers can either agree with their reasons or refute them based on what we know about Caesar's personality.

Were the conspirators correct?  Would Caesar have become a tyrant-emperor? Or, were they wrong...the play's outcome seems to lean toward the latter since justice was sought and given.

samini9 | Student

Julius Caesar is a very brave empire. But bad luck he got killed.....

sushankita | Student

significance of omens in the play & what were they?

kesar | Student

i have asked that what is the significance of act 1 scene 1 ,act1 scene 2 ,act 1 scene 3. i got the answer of what is the significance of act 1 scene 1 and act 1 scene 3 but still i did not get the answer what is the significance of act 1 scene 2.


thanks for ur reply

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