What effect does the word "traitors" have in "Julius Caesar" (Act 2, Scene 3)? Explain fully.

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If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayst live;
If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.

The use of such a strong word as "traitors" by a man like Artemidorus in Act III Scene 2, and the fact that he plans to give a detailed and up to date denunciation of the conspiracy to Caesar, bring forcefully home to us the fact that the plans of the conspirators will not necessarily meet with approval from the Roman public at large. Artemidorus is the teacher and the friend of some of the conspirators. If anything, he should be predisposed to give their case a favorable hearing. That he instead considers them guilty of treason, and is willling to denounce them (an action which would normally result in their deaths), speaks to a depth of revulsion that bodes ill for the success of the plot.

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