Compare and contrast the characters of Portia and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar.
Both are women, both are wives of key statesmen (Portia - Brutus, Calpurnia - Julius Caesar). Both women try to persuade their husbands and succeed - Portia persuades Brutus to tell her the details of the conspiracy, and Calpurnia persuades Julius Caesar not to go to the capitol because she has had bad dreams.
However, Brutus does tell Portia about the conspiracy (not that it makes any difference) where Caesar, although he does...
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if you want to compare each character, you must look at the way they handle situations they are faced with but in this play, the how they respond to the treatment they receive from their husbands are also necessary...
calpurnia for one is soft spoken, quiet and fades into the background until her character is needed to forshadow events to come, this is because of caesar's fits of anger that we have been introduced to. one occasion being right after the feast of lupercal, when he is offered the crown thrice and is returning, it is noted that his entourage seems pale and act as if they had been shouted at. calpurnia also bears with the embarrassment she received because of caesar on two occasions ( one being when her barreness is made public because caesar made antony touch her during the race and the other is when she convinces him to stay at home because of her dream but she is made to look foolish in front of decius
portia on the other hand is outspoken