In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, please explain the following quotation.  Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight. tell who the speaker is, whom he is talking and about what....

In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, please explain the following quotation.

 

Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight.

tell who the speaker is, whom he is talking and about what. Clarify what the quotation reveals about the character or the themes:

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In this passage, Julius Caesar is wearing his night-gown. It is late at night and he has been woken up by thunder. His wife has been having a nightmare foretelling his murder. When he talks about both heaven and earth being disturbed, on one level, he is talking about the intense thunderstorm. On another level, the Romans believed that very unusual weather could be a sign for the gods, and in particular that disturbances in the heavens could indicate events that might effect the fate of nations or rulers. Julius Caesar is talking to himself.

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The speaker is Julius Caeser and he is speaking to himself. In the ancient days,the climatic conditions were used as a means to fortell the future. On the night of this incident, there was a roaring thunder,followed by lightening which was a bad omen indicating death and destruction. They indirectly predicted that a great evil was going to fall upon Rome. The "heavens blaze forth" the death of only great people. Hence this storm also implied that a great ruler like Caeser was in danger. The harsh climatic conditions also portray the unsettled nature within Calpurnia as she is worried about her husband Ceaser.

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