What details in Act I, scene 3, of Julius Caesar evoke a sense of danger and terror? List 5 events that seem supernatural.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The following occur in Act 1.3 in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:

  • a terrible storm
  • heaven dropping fire
  • a hand ablaze but not burning
  • a lion is loose in the capitol
  • an owl hoots in the marketplace at noon
  • men on fire walk through the streets

These are interpreted by Casca to mean either that the gods are at war with each other, or that the gods are intent on destroying Rome.  When he tells this to Cassius, Cassius interprets these signs or omens to be a warning against Caesar.

Shakespeare uses signs and omens like these to reflect the chaotic and unnatural state of human affairs.

I'll let you decide which of the above evoke a sense of terror or danger, and which appear to be supernatural.   

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Julius Caesar

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