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What was the role of women in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare?

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There are really only two women in the entire play, Calphurnia and Portia, and neither makes a case for a strong female lead in Julius Caesar.

As it turns out, Calphurnia is in touch with the negative tone surrounding Caesar and which he seems to be oblivious to. She begs her husband not to leave their home on the fateful day, even telling him to lie and blame the fears of leaving on her so that he can preserve his own image and yet not place himself in harm's way. When his wife drops to her knees, pleading for her husband's attention and consideration, Caesar finally realizes her sincerity and...

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There are almost no women in the play, except for the wives of Brutus and Caesar. The wife of Caesar is Calpurnia and the wife of Brutus is Portia. Calpurnia had a dream in which she saw the people of Rome washing their hands in the blood of Caesar. She tells him not to go but Caesar goes anyway. Portia knows that something is wrong with Brutus, but he tells her nothing. Their opinions are ignored because, unfortunately, women were (and still are) considered the weaker sex.