Women in Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar could not see his death coming, but perhaps his wife did. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, there is more to it than betrayal and death. Besides Caesar and Brutus, other characters play a major role in the story and they are not all men.

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Two of the main men in the plays, Caesar and Brutus, their wives have a big role in the story line. One of them is Portia Brutus´ wife and the next is Calphurnia Caesar’s wife. Portia and Calpurnia have small but yet significant scenes, that goes on and is remembered throughout the whole play. Their roles and actions foreshadow the biggest part of the story, Caesar´s death and then later, Brutus´s.

One necessary female roll in the play was Portia, she is the daughter of Cato. She is also Brutus’ wife. Portia, in all the chaos and drama goes on and proves her loyalty to Brutus. To prove her loyalty and that she can be trusted, first she cut her leg open to prove that if she could handle that then she can handle whatever Brutus was dealing with. She later killed herself. ¨Impatient of my absence ,and grief that young octavius with Mark Antony”(IV.3.150-151). She does this for reasons that brutus is gone and two bad men are in charge. He does not trust her to tell her where he is going an what is happening, he believes she cant handle it because she is a woman.

Calphurnia, Caesar’s’ wife, has an unexpected dream that changes everything. Calpurnia has a dream about a bloody caesar statue and the people of rome were washing their hands in the blood.

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