Julius Caesar's Ghost Essay

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Julius Caesar's GhostDue to the fact that many people in the ancient Roman era believed in the super natural. Julius Caesar's ghost plays a crucial roll in the play, Julius Caesar. Caesar's ghost is very important to this literary work because not only does the ghost visit Brutus and convince him to travel to Philippi, but it also "controls" the rest of the play, and he rests when Brutus is finally dead.We are first introduced to the ghost when Caesar dies after being stabbed 23 times. Casca is the first one to stab him saying, "Speak hands for me!" [III.i.76] It was implied that when Casca said his line, he meant that he wanted Caesar to die. Before Caesar takes his final breath, he looks into his so called "best friends" eyes and says, "Et tu, Brute?" [III.i.77] Caesar was asking Brutus if he felt the same way. Thus, Caesar dies after he made his short yet very memorable remark.The ghost of Caesar visits Brutus one night a few days before the battle. Brutus awakes, startled with Caesar standing at his bedside. Brutus exclaims,"How ill this taper burns. Ha! Who comes here? / I think it is the weakness of mine eyes / That shapes this monstrous apparition. / It comes upon me. Art thou anything? / Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil, / That mak'st my blood cold, and my hair to stare? / Speak to me what thou art." [IV.iii.273-279]The ghost of Caesar orders him to go to Philippi as soon as possible. Brutus understands that he will see with the ghost there. After a short period of time Brutus cries out, "The ghost of Caesar hath appeared to me…" [V.v.18] and the people in his tent with him are confused by what he is asking them. Brutus then demands that the...

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