Calpurnia In Julius Caesar

analytical Essay
859 words
859 words

In the Shakespeare written play, Julius Caesar, the main character Caesar has a wife named Calpurnia. She is one of the two small women roles that are in the play. It is almost a noticeable theme in this play that women are portrayed somewhat inferior to men not because of the way roman times were, but because of the attitude towards women during the time that Shakespeare wrote the play; The Elizabethan Era. Calpurnia may have had no interactions with any characters besides Caesar but the interactions her and Caesar do have are important parts to the plot development. The role of Calpurnia shows the contrast between Caesar’s private life to his public political life (, par 5) and foreshadows the climax of the play. Calpurnia appears …show more content…

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  • Analyzes how the role of calpurnia shows the contrast between caesar's private life to his public political life and foreshadows the climax of the play.
  • Analyzes how calpurnia appears only once in act 2 scene 2. she is presented as a worry struck and anxious woman who is truly concerned about the safety of her husband.
  • Narrates how calpurnia had a dream that she saw caesar's statue. she applied for warnings and portents.
  • Analyzes how calpurnia expressed her concerns to caesar that this was a sign that he was going to die and she wanted him to stay home.
  • Analyzes how decius brutus convinces caesar not to attend the senate due to his wife’s foreshadowing dream. he pushes aside calpurnia's belief and offers caesar a different interpretation.
  • Analyzes how decius thinks that the dream was about the fortune and good that caesar will bring in the future.
  • Analyzes how caesar leaves calpurnia at home, easily pushing aside her extreme worries because he doesn't want to ruin his reputation. this inferiority of women to men relates back to shakespeare's elizabethan era.
  • Analyzes how calpurnia's character played an important role in the plot development. the dream she had represented that caesar was going to die because there were people who wanted him dead.
  • Analyzes how calpurnia's character played a vital role in the plot development and the character of caesar.

It is only imaginable how this make Calpurnia feel. This inferiority of women to men and how men thought less of women back then relates back to my mention of the Elizabethan Era. The Elizabethan Era was 1558-1603; Shakespeare wrote the play, Julius Caesar, in 1599. The Elizabethan Era was an era when Queen Elizabeth was in reign. “Elizabethan Women were subservient to men.” (Elizab. Women., par 1). It shows that the time period that this was written has an effect on why Calpurnia was treated the way she was treated. Calpurnia’s character had an important role in the plot development. When we see Calpurnia, a worrisome wife who just wants her husband to stay safe, pleading to Caesar to stay home, we then see Caesar in a more domestic state willing to please his wife. We see a more private side to Caesar besides the political life he leads (, par 6). The one and only scene with Calpurnia was also the biggest foreshadowing technique that Shakespeare used. The dream Calpurnia had was basically representing that Caesar was going to die because there were people who wanted him dead. No one wanted to believe Calpurnia though and her “foolish” beliefs. At last, when Caesar does decide to go to the Senate, he is assassinated due to repeatedly being stabbed (reference to Calpurnia’s dream of Caesar’s statue with a hundred spouts spouting blood) by Cassius and Brutus; two conspirators against Caesar. Calpurnia’s dream foreshadowed the assassination of

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