Portia and Calpurnia

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  • Portia and Calpurnia
    • Elizabethan/ Shakespearean views,
      • In Elizabethan times, the roles of these women would reflect those in the Elizabethan Society,
      • They represent the powerless position of women throughout the ages in a male dominated society in Elizabethan society and in Roman,
      • When Portia talks about how Brutus has neglected her reflects the orthodox obligations of a husband to his wife accepted by Elizabethan marriage,
    • Women in the play
      • There is only two women, both noble, who are mentioned in this play which is a huge comparison to the amount of men mentioned which is normal in Shakespeare's plays,
      • The short areas of the play that the women appear in are critical to the play's development and the crime committed in the play due to external information the conspirators receive,
    • If...
      • We could ask ourselves how the plot would have changed if the women were given more dominace,
      • Portia would have been more commanding in demanding Brutus what was on his mind and she would have been more persuasive to stop him which would have stopped the Civil War,
      • Calpurnia would have convinced to Caesar that her dreams were real and he wouldn't have thought them stupid but accepted it and not gone out on that day which would have avoided his death,
    • Portia
      • She is the daughter of a famous Roman General who we know opposed Caesar,
      • She is Brutus's wife and is considered his backbone and is extremely loyal to him,
      • She is strong in mind and in will but has a 'feeble body'.
      • She feels restricted by her gender and is aware of her limitations,
      • She is different to Elizabethan women as she voices her opinions strongly and is sure about what is tight and wrong,
    • Calpurnia
      • She makes a briefer appearance that Portia,
      • Her role is important as it allowed us as the viewer to have an insight into Caesar's private life,
        • It is the only time we wee Caesar in his night clothes,
      • It shows us that Calpurnia understands Caesar's true nature for her to correctly interpret her omens,
      • Caesar cares for her and is a worried an anxious husband,
      • Calpurnia represents the fear and superstitious beliefs of the Elizabethan audience,


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