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William Shakespeare composed his most famous pieces in an age where the supernatural played a major role in the everyday of lives of peasantry and royalty alike During that age commonly referred to as the Elizabethan Age people postulated that the world held a fragile balance Rather than simply believing that the balance that existed was restricted to the spiritual world they speculated that it applied to the laws that prevailed in nature As a result the Elizabethans maintained the mindset that the utilization of natural and spiritual implements would protect one from plague and other maladies both supernatural and secular Thus the supernatural is a recurring them in Shakespeares works of literature In the play Julius Caesar we see one such instance of the reiterated belief of the supernatural As the play opens we witness a short display of Roman life The citizens present seem to have a strong conviction of the supernatural and its ability to solve everyday problems as well as some of the more complex The people turn towards unworldly forces to guide them along as they follow a preordained destiny An instance of the involvement of spirituality in every day life is put forth in Act I Scene 1 The setting is of the Feast of Lupercal This festival is being celebrated as cobblers and senators alike roam the streets The feast is held to honor the god Pan the queen of fertility This time is when infertile females are supposedly given increased fertility as is obvious in the praising of Pan throughout the festivities The main event is a race in which through a certain method virility may be given to the formerly sterile Caesars wife Calpurnia is shown to be completely sterile and so the problem of bearing the emperors heir is presented Therefore in accordance to the principles of the feast Caesar commissions Antonius To touch Calpurnia for our elders sayThe barren touched in this holy chaseShake
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