Hi I need help with explaing that Julius Caesar has better communication than Marcus Brutus does with his wifeMy thesis is Julius caesar has a better relationship with calpurnia then brutus has...

Hi I need help with explaing that Julius Caesar has better communication than Marcus Brutus does with his wife

My thesis is Julius caesar has a better relationship with calpurnia then brutus has with portia

 

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In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus is hesitant to confide in his wife. As he struggles with the decision to join the conspiracy against Caesar, Portia (his wife) asks him to tell her what is bothering him.  Brutus refuses to do so.

PORTIA:

Dear my lord,
Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.

BRUTUS:

I am not well in health, and that is all.

Here, Brutus attempts to conceal what is bothering him, but Portia knows he is not telling the truth.

Caesar, on the other hand, is not so reluctant to talk to his wife, Calphurnia. Their exchange occurs the morning of the assassination, when she begs him not to go to the Capitol. They discuss Calphurnia’s dream of the night before, in which a statue of Caesar spouted blood. At first Caesar is determined to go to the Capitol, but Calphurnia eventually talks him out of it. This shows the audience that Caesar is willing to listen to his wife, to a point, at least.

Caesar’s change of heart is short-lived however. When the conspirators arrive at Caesar’s house, they are able to appeal to his vanity and convince to go to the Capitol, where they plan to kill him.

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