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Women's Role In Julius Caesar

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Carrie Garrison

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Transcript of Women's Role In Julius Caesar

The Women In Caesar
Works Cited
Portia cut herself to prove that she was more than the average woman to her husband, Brutus. She sliced her leg, voluntarily, to show how she can withstand pain. Her death was also a huge plot twist. Shakespeare wrote her death as the most gruesome in the play, and it was a large statement.
Portia challenges Brutus, asking him, "A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife:
I grant I am a woman; but withal
A woman well-reputed, Cato's daughter.
Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
Being so father'd and so husbanded?"
Act II, scene i
Brutus: "You are my true and honorable wife."
"O ye gods,
render me worthy of this noble wife."
Portia: "A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife."
"A woman well reputed, Cato's daughter."
"I have made strong proof of my constancy,
Giving myself a voluntary wound
Here in the thigh."
Act IV, scene iii
Brutus: "O Cassius, I am sick of many griefs."
No man bears better sorrow. Portia is dead."
Act I Scene II
"Forget not your speed Antonius,/ To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say/ The barren, touched in this holy chase,/ Shake off this sterile curse."
Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.
-Julius Caesar
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Act II Scene II
"Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies, /
Yet now they fright me. There is one within,/
Besides the things that we have heard and seen,/ 15
Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch."
Act II Scene II
"What mean you Caesar? think you to walk forth? You shall not/ stir out of your house today.
Act II Scene II
"Your wisdom is consumed in confidence./
Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear/
That keeps you in the house, and not your own./
We'll send Mark Antony to the senate-house:/
And he shall say you are not well to-day"
Act IV Scene III
"That tidings came—with this she fell distract/
And, her attendants absent, swallowed fire."
Many belive Shakespeare was a feminist.
Queen Elizabeth I was one of Shakespeare's biggest supporters as well as patron
It is unknown why Portia killed herself, the reasoning for her death is never directly stated. But It certainly was a statement by being the most brutal death in the play.

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Shakespeare, William, and Alvin B. Kernan. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. New Haven: Yale UP, 1959. Print.

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Act II Scene II
"Calpurnia here, my wife, stays me at home;
She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,
Which like a fountain with an hundred spouts,
Did run pure blood, and many lusty Romans
Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it.
And these does she apply for warnings and portents
And evils imminent, and on her knee
Hath begg'd that I will stay at home today."
Calpurnia never gets remarried after Caesar's death.
Women in Shakespeare's time were treated unfairly, there's no escaping that, however, the women in Shakespeare's play ,
Julius Caesar,
break the stereotypes that were set for women back then by being intelligent, strong women who were willing to sacrifice it all for what was right.
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