Comment on the role and character of Calpurnia in Julius Caesar.

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In the single scene in which she appears, Calpurnia personalises the character of Caesar: for the first time, you realise that Caesar is not just a political name, but an ordinary man with a wife, and a home.

Caesar's own character is also thrown into relief: we see the kindly old man prepared to throw aside his political career (casting aspersions over Cassius' assertion that Caesar is obsessed with the crown) simply to please his wife and assuage her worries about her bad dreams.

You might also want to argue that Calpurnia's "spiritual", instinctive perspective is quite at odds with the cold, power-driven politics of the rest of the play: a "female" perspective which momentarily interferes with the "male" atmosphere?

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