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In the play Julius Caesar many characters are objected to possible failure Two ofthe most prominent of these characters are Cassius and Caesar They both react to thispossibility of failure similarly and in such a way that is in acquiescence with other theoriesof relating with failure and its tendency in humansCassiuss non-belief in fate changes when nearing his death During the beginningof the play he felt that he was in charge of his own destiny Men at some times aremasters of their fates The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but inourselvesIii146-147 This belief came from Epicureanism which Cassisus was afollower of You know that I held Epicurus strong and his opinion Vi85-86Epicureanism does not require the belief of a god nor does it believe in an after life anaversion from common Roman philosophies who believed in fate and gods Cassius alsodid not believe in omens and fate until Act V while nearing the battle at Phillipi Cassiusbelieves that the actions of birds he sees on the way to Phillipi are omens and tells a friendthat he is starting to believe in fate His invalidation of previous principles that he onceheld so strong have been starting to deteriorate This complete change in belief is humantendency when dealing with failure or death It is easier and more satisfying to believe thatfate has lead you to failure rather than yourself blaming your mistakes on others is easierCaesar the pompous ruler of Rome changes his beliefs when nearing death alsoCaesar thinks he is almost god-like and just as powerful However it is said by Cassiusthat Caesar is superstitious grown of lateIIi195 He also succumbs to his wifesentreaty to stay home because she suspects he will die However Caesar like Cassiuseventually dies despite recent feelings of superstition Nevertheless Caesar does showthat he has veered from his usual presumptuous self to a slightly paranoid andsuperstitious man his principals and philosophies have altered Here Caesar is doubtinghis previous beliefs
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