In Act 1, Scene 2 of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, a soothsayer approaches Caesar in a crowded, public place…And utters those prophetic words: Beware the ides of March.
As a big fan of Shakespeare, I post those words on Facebook every year. I nearly forgot this year, but my friend Karen reminded me.
I haven’t read Julius Caesar since the 10th grade, when I studied it under Mrs. Byrne. I need to go back and read it again to remember all that happened in the play. I do remember that the soothsayer pronounced those ominous words, foreshadowing Caesar’s demise. I think that Caesar blew it off. And then he was stabbed to death by his faithful, especially Brutus.
Caesar cries out to Brutus one of the saddest phrases in English literature: et tu Brute? He couldn’t believe that even his friend was betraying him.
Caesar’s death was soon followed up by Marc Antony’s speech: Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears….
Mrs. Byrne made us memorize the speech. At first, I thought that it was a horrible assignment, but to this day, I still can remember at least part of it. It was really easy to learn, especially with Shakespeare’s use of iambic pentameter.
Well, back to present day…. Should I really beware on March 15th? I think not. After the hectic week that I had, I’m looking forward to today, alas, the weekend!