In act 2, scene 4 of Julius Caesar, what does Portia’s instructions reveal about her mental state and the conspiracy?

Portia's vague instructions in act 2, scene 4 of Julius Caesar indicates that she is in an anxious state of mind due to her knowledge of the assassination. Her husband is in the middle of enacting the plan to murder Caesar, which she supports but is ultimately left in the dark about.

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Act 2, Scene 4 of Julius Caesarbegins with Portia sending Lucius to the Senate to try to discover what is happening there. Portia sends him there with very vague instructions, not wanting to reveal that she is aware of the plot to kill Caesar.

She exclaims, "I have a...

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Act 2, Scene 4 of Julius Caesar begins with Portia sending Lucius to the Senate to try to discover what is happening there. Portia sends him there with very vague instructions, not wanting to reveal that she is aware of the plot to kill Caesar.

She exclaims, "I have a man's mind, but a woman's might" (Act 2, Scene 4, 8). This reveals that she is feeling very anxious, yet she is also feeling powerless to act due to her station as a woman. This all shows that she is dedicated and very much in support of the plot of Caesar's murder. She supports the idea of political assassination and the conspiracy. However, she feels incredibly frustrated by her inability to take action.

Her exchange with Lucius as well as her talk with the Soothsayer shows that Portia knows about the conspiracy. Her earlier exchange with her husband in Act 2, Scene 1 reveals that she suspected some sort of plot. We know that she supports her husband and desperately wants him and his fellow conspirators to succeed. It also reveals that the conspirators may not have been as secretive as they hoped they had been. If Portia was able to figure it out, perhaps others had as well.

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