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When I was doing my research, I came across a famous quote on twitter that really made me think about one of my classes at BYU. In my British Literary History class last semester, my teacher Professor Siegfried stressed a lot about the idea of fate v. destiny in early British literature and how many authors like to reflect this thought in their works. As I read the play, Julius Caesar I saw that not only was this principle of fate v. destiny a prominent point in the play, but it may be exactly why Shakespeare wrote this work.
Since I was inspired to write about this topic from my professor I am going to meet with her on Wednesday (we couldn’t find a time earlier) to discuss this principle and how it relates to Shakespeare. Looking at past notes from my class I realize that this idea of fate v. destiny is a huge theological point, which makes it interesting because Shakespeare lived in a Christian world while the play is set in pagan Rome, so there seems to be something that Shakespeare is saying about religion itself. From an article that I read it really talks about how Caesar himself is kind of the embodiment of the idea of fate. And the more I think about it, Brutus seems to embody the idea of destiny. So overall, I want to do a topic of how Caesar embodies fate while Brutus represents destiny. I really had a hard time picking a topic, everything just seemed like it wasn’t a good idea, but after discussing on slack, some of my peers encouraged this idea and it makes me want to go forward, even giving me more resources on the topic.