Compare and contrast Calpurnia and Portia in Julius Ceasar by William Shakespeare. 

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare includes two women in the dramatis personae. Calpurnia and Portia have similarities but also are a study in differences. 

Calpurnia, Julius Caesar’s wife, loves her husband.  When she is first mentioned in Act I, Scene ii, Caesar wants Antony to touch her in his race of the Feast of fertility.  Caesar wants an heir by his wife who has no children.

The next time Calpurnia is seen comes in Act II, scene ii.  She has a terrible dream. Her dream seems so real that she begs Caesar not to go to the Capitol.  The dreams describes Caesar’s...

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jessicamartin1997 | Student

women in rome had little or no power at all and so one way to prove themselves was to align themselves with men in their lives which is what .however many women cant do this,they are very feminine just like Caesar's wife,Calpurnia.

Portia is more of the woman that has the masculine qualities as she is not superstitous,very logical and doesnt let her emotions control what she does.She always bases her arguments on facts and manages to get her point across.When she persuades brutus to tell her what was bothering him,she stabbed herself with a knife on her thigh.This action is very violent and is mostly associated with men.All actions she takes are persuasive because they appeal to brutus' logical male perspective.

Calpurnia can be described as the typical shakespearean woman that cares and is nurturing to her family.She believes in superstition and goes down on her knees and begs caesar not to go to the capitol.

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