The lesson Shakespeare was trying to show in Julius Caesar is that men
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The lesson Shakespeare was trying to show in Julius Caesar is that men should communicate with
women and actually listen to their opinions especially their wives. When men doon't listen to their wives
everything falls apart. First of all, Caesar's death could have easily been avoided if Caesar would have
listened to Calpurnia. She warned him. She told him about her dream and told him that she didn't think he
should go. Calpurnia said to Caesar "Do not go forth today! Call it my fear / That keeps you in the house,
and not your own." At first Caesar was going to stay home, but then Decius convinced him that it would be
better if he did go. Caesar trusted Decius's opinion over his own wife's opinion of the dream. Calpurnia
told Caesar that the dream frightened her and she had a bad feeling about him going to the Senate that day.
She had a feeling that something bad was going to happen to Caesar at the Senate. She was right, but
Caesar did not listen to her becau!
se he took the advice of Deciua conspirator.
Decius. This dream is all amiss misinterpreted:
It was a vision fair and fortunate.
Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
In which so many smiling Romans bathed,
Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
Reviving blood, and that great men shall press
For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance.
This by Calpurnia's dream is signified
Shakespeare shows here how Caesar's arrogance in not listening to his wife leads him to his death. If
Caesar would have been smart and listened to his wife's opinion instead of a killer's opinion, he would not
gone to the Senate that day and would have had a chance to redeem himself too the conspirators so that
they would have no need to killl him.
Portia and Brutus are another couple who were not communicating enough. Brutus never told
Portia about the conspirator's plan to kill Caesar. Instead, he lied to her about why he was acting so weird
all the time.
Portia. Which sometime hath his hour with every man.
It will not let you eat, nor talk, nor sleep,
And it could work so much upon your shape
As it hath much prevailed on your condition,
I should not know you, Brutus. Dear my Lord,
Make me aquainted with your cause of grief.
Brutus. I am not well in health and that is all.
Brutus was acting way too arrogent. He should have told his wife what he was planning to do. If he really
believed his plan was the best thing to do for Rome, there would be no reason why he couldn't have told
Portia about it. Portia never gave Brutus any reason not to trust her. Brutus acted like she was going to go
tell everyone of the conspirator's plan. Brutus trusted Cassius, who was lying to him, but he would not trust
his own wife, who would have never gone against him. Even if she was a woman, she still could be trusted
with anything Brutus told her in private.
Portia. I grant I am a woman, but withal
A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife.
I grant that I am a woman, but withal
A woman well-reputed, Cato's daughter.
Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
Being so fathered and so husbanded?
Tell me your counsels, I will not disclose 'em.
I have made strong proof of my constancy,
Giving myself a voluntary wound
Here, in the thigh. Can I bear that with patience,
And not my husband's secrets?
Brutus should have told Portia just because they were married. Portia was his wife and he should tell her
everything. He should not have been keeping secrets from her. If he would have told her, she could have
given him her opinion. Her opinion is a lot better than any of the conspirators opinions.
Portia. I should not need, if you were gentle Brutus.
Within the bond of marriage, tell me, Brutus,,
Is it accepted I should know no secrets
That appertain to you?
Portia gave him plenty of time to tell her. She was practically begging him to tell her. She wasn''t begging
him to tell her because she thought that he had a really good secret that she could tell all her friends about.
She wanted to know because she was worried about him.
Portia. It will not let you eat,
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Ancient Rome, 1st millennium BC, Cultural depictions of Julius Caesar, Ancient Roman women, Julius Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Calpurnia, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Porcia Catonis, Marcus Junius Brutus
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