Julius Caesar and Shakespeare: A Psychoanalysis

For my search on Ebrary on the Ides of March, I chose the subject of the Fine Arts as well as Psychology and found this from a book called What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Psychoanalysis: A Local Habitation and a Name.

A soothsayer appears and warns Caesar: “Beware the Ides of March” (I.ii.23). The soothsayer represents the priest of an earlier period, who protects the natural order. The Ides of March is not simply a date but represents something ancient that transcends the Julian calendar. Caesar first breaks the natural order when he dismisses the soothsayer, saying: “He is a dreamer. Let us leave him” (I.ii.24). Caesar is now dangerously breaking with the ancient system.
Grunes, Dorothy T., and Jerome M. Grunes. What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Psychoanalysis : A Local Habitation and a Name, Karnac Books, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/brooklyn-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1699470.
Created from brooklyn-ebooks on 2017-11-27 10:30:37.

The context behind this paragraph is that the authors are analyzing Julius Caesar, a play written by William Shakespeare. In this scene, the authors are analyzing the scene where Caesar is warned about the Ides of March. The soothsayer who warns Caesar is simply dismissed, which leads to his demise.

The authors refer to the Ides of March because they are looking for a deeper meaning in Shakespeare’s use of Ancient Rome and the Ides of March. Everyone knows that the Ides of March is the day that marks Julius Caesar’s death. It also marks the middle of the month of March; March 15th to be exact. They say that the soothsayer who warned Caesar represented a priest who protects the natural order. Caesar dismissing this natural order put him in a dangerous position that ultimately resulted in his death and the fall of his reign.

Cassus Dio:

“‘In brief, he was so confident that to the soothsayer who had once warned him to beware of that day he jestingly remarked: “Where are your prophecies now? Do you not see that the day which you feared is come and that I am alive?” And the other, they say, answered merely: “Ay, it is come but is not yet past.”’

I chose this quote because it is exactly what the book I chose was about. Caesar was confident as a person but he was so confident that he ignored the warnings he received about his imminent death. He went as far as to mock the soothsayer who was kind enough to try and warn him.

-Stacy, Team Minerva

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