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What does Calpurnia try to convince Caesar of?

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badhri | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:54 PM via web

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What does Calpurnia try to convince Caesar of?

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shaketeach | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 9, 2010 at 1:55 AM (Answer #1)

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The scene, Act II, scene 2, begins with thunder and lightening.  This is never a good sign.  Calpurnia, Caesar's wife, has been disturbed by dreams of Caesar's death, crying out three times, "Help, ho, they murder Caesar."

Added to this are other strange things that have been reported.   For example, it was reported that a lioness had welpred in a street in the city, graves were said to have opened releasing their dead, firece fights in the clouds were reported which drizzled blood on the capitol, and other reports of unnatural happenings.

It was also the Ides of March and Caesar had been warned to beware that date.  All this added together meant the signs were not good and it would be wise for Caesar to stay home.  Calpurnia even tells Caesar that he could use her for the reason he would not go to the Senate.

Unfortunately for him, he does not listen to his wife or pay heed to the evil omens.  He believes that he is greater than it all and he pays the price with his life.


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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 16, 2012 at 11:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Calpurnia tries to convince Caesar to stay home on the Ides of March. She is worried about her dream. She dreamed that Caesar's statue flowed with blood. She is worried that something terrible will happen to Caesar if he leaves the house:

Calphurnia is Caesar's wife. In II.ii, she is concerned about the bad omens, which she frankly admits she has never put much credence in before this time. When Calphurnia gets on her knee to Caesar, she temporarily succeeds in persuading him to remain at home. She offers to let Caesar use her anxiety as an excuse for not going to the Capitol.

Caesar disregards Calpurnia's wishes in the beginning. Then she pleads for Caesar to stay home with her. Again, on bended knee, she begs Caesar to use her own anxiety as an excuse not to attend the Capitol meeting.

Calpurnia is grief-stricken. She fears that Caesar will be murdered if he stirs about. She desires for Caesar to stay at home with her.

Caesar finally decides to give in to his wife's anxiety. Caesar hears Calpurnia's pleas. He decides to please her by staying home. He tells Decius that he will honor his wife's wishes by staying home with her.

Then Decius has to use flattery to get Caesar to go to the Capitol. It works. Caesar decides to go to Capitol where he is stabbed thirty-three time by the conspirators.


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rajiharishkumar | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM (Answer #2)

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calpurnia try to convince caesar that what she had seen in dream was dangerous to his life.she begs him not to go to the sennate house.caesar dosen't litsen to her and is murdered


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vaishurk | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM (Answer #4)

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Calpurnia dreams the previous night of a few things which she considers to be ill omens like a lioness giving birth to her young ones in the streets. Graves opening up out of which dead bodies come out. Terrible warriors are seen fighting in the clouds. Calpurnia interprets these happenings in her nightmare negatively. She anticipates that something wrong is going to happen in the life of Julius Caesar and pleads him not to go to the Senate.

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