The importance of the opening scene in Julius Caesar?
The rise to power of Caesar
Near the Palatine Hill, tradesmen who have taken off work gather in the streets to watch Caesar as he passes by. Two tribunes, Flavius and Marullus, reproach the tradesmen for their adoration of Caesar. “You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!” (Act I, Scene I, Line 34) cries Marullus. Once upon a time, he says, the populace gathered to cheer Pompey as he passed in procession. Now, Marullus says, the same people are closing their shops to honor a man who “comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood” (Line 55). Flavius and Marullus then chase the tradesmen home. The two tribunes distrust Caesar, thinking him ambitious and covetous of kingly power. However, their efforts against a handful of tradesmen do little to intimidate the thousands of others gathered to applaud the great general as he and his entourage pass on their way to the public games.
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“Beware the ides of March,”
CAESAR responds with, “He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.”
This is known as foreshadowing, in English Literature. It is a clue given by the author, to let the reader know– early in the story–that something is going to happen.
The foreshadowing by the Soothsayer, means that something bad is going to happen to Caesar, and he must BEWARE.
We all know that Caesar is going to die on the Ides of March: March 15, 44 BCE.
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