What is the role of the soothsayer in Julius Caesar?

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The soothsayer makes three brief appearances in the play. In act I, scene 2, he approaches Caesar in the street and bids him "Beware the ides of March," hailing him in a voice which Caesar says is "shriller than all the music." Having heard his message, however, Caesar dismisses the soothsayer as a dreamer.

The soothsayer next appears in act 2, scene 4 at the house of Brutus. Portia questions him, asking if he knows what harm is intended towards Caesar. The...

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