Explain the relationship between Portia and Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, there are only two women characters: Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, and Portia, the wife of Brutus. What is the relationship between Cassius and Brutus in Julius Caesar. We do not know how Julius Caesar and his wife Calpurnia interact when not under stress or in the public eye. What the audience sees suggests a strained. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with explanatory notes. Does Caesar listen to his wife?.
This scene between Calpurnia and Caesar and the similar one between Portia and Brutus should be compared with reference to differences of character in the actors which the dialogue brings to light. It is now nearly eight o'clock, and the ides of March has come. Not in its modern sense, but "dressing-gown," as usually in Shakespeare. Nor heaven nor earth: That is, their opinions as to the outcome, -- as to what will succeed or happen, -- if Caesar goes forth. Shakespeare often omits the verb "go" in this and similar expressions.
Later we find "We'll along ourselves"; "We must out and talk"; "I will myself into the pulpit"; etc. Ghosts were believed to have the power of speech, as we see later in this play.
In connection with these lines, it is interesting to read the words of Horatio in "Hamlet," a tragedy written about the same time as "Julius Caesar. Whose end is purposed: Are to the world, etc.
That is, these prophecies apply just as much to the world in general as they do to Caesar. See line of the last scene, and note. In modern usage this would be " would," but it was the regular form for the simple future in EUzabethan English.
Danger personified and I. Do you see why?
More often the poet uses the word in its present meaning. Pronounced here, and again in act III, as a three syllable word, -- sta-tu-a. How should it be treated in line 85 below? Where did Cassius speak of "lusty sinews"? That is, the meaning of your dream has been explained entirely incorrectly. This is an allusion to the old custom of dipping handkerchiefs in the blood of great men, especially of saints and martyrs, and then preserving them as relics. That is, my love for, or interest in, your advancement, -- your career.
Reason which would have kept me from speaking so frankly is subject to, subordinate to, my love.Caesar spends the night with Servilia - "Rome"
Or, as Rolfe puts it, "My love leads me to indulge in a freedom of speech that my reason would restrain. Five hours earlier, Cassius said, "The clock hath stricken three. All Portia wants to know, as a good wife, is the cause of his grief. He avoids answering any questions about public business, but Portia is a more intelligent woman than that, and she finds fault in his pathetic defense, explaining that if he were sick, he would know how to obtain good health.
To gain his favor, she pleads with him by kneeling, demonstrating her willingness to be submissive. Reasonably and logically, she tries to convey to Brutus of the meaning of marriage, where two beings become one and share a life together.
Both being part of one body, she believes that she has the right to know of those mysterious cloaked men. At this time, Brutus feels a bit guilty of his past actions and knows that as husband and wife, they are not only two beings in one body, but equals, and lifts Portia up. Brutus shows his compassionate side, where he respects his wife and does not want her to feel inferior.
Portia tells Brutus that if he were gentle, she would not need to beseech him while kneeling.
Julius Caesar Act 2 Scene 2 - Calpurnia begs Caesar not to go to the Senate
Portia, the rendition of the Roman modern woman, cannot live in that kind of state, believing that she feels used. Slowly, Brutus understands his wife and feels shame when recalling what she has gone through.
Next, Portia says that if what he says is true, Brutus should live up to his word by telling her the secret. Portia understands that as a woman, she is somewhat inferior to her husband, but she is not just any woman, for she has a good husband and is the daughter Cato, a well-respected Roman. To prove her constancy even further, she, following the Hellenistic form of ascetics, stoicism, makes a gash in her thigh.
This wound was a proof of pain and showed her love and loyal constancy.
Brutus now promises to confide all secrets in her and treasures his wife greater than before. At last, from this dialogue between Brutus and Portia, we learn that Brutus will confide in her later, but the present time is not suitable to discuss the secrets with her.
From this, trust emerges from its dark corners and fills the gap between Brutus and Portia. Brutus is awed by her calm and rational love 2. Portia is strong enough to bear physical pain and has great endurance and patience, signifying that she is no ordinary woman.
One can see that the plans of the conspirators affected so many relationships with great impact and the danger, along with potency of this scheme. Her personality is established and through her relationship with Brutus, the internal struggle of this story uilds. Her premonitions frighten Caesar, and he awakes in the middle of the night, wandering about in his dressing gown and frightened.
Calphurnia begs him, saying that she never believed in omens but this particular dream has frightened her.