Write an analytical note on Calpurnia in Julius Caesar.

An analytical note on Calpurnia from Julius Caesar could parse how her dream serves as foreshadowing or how her character perpetuates certain gender norms.

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To write an analytical note on Calpurnia from William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, think of a few compelling ways to discuss her character, settle on one, and discuss that topic in detail.

One way to analyze Calpurnia is in connection to a literary device. Talk about how her dream foreshadows what will happen to her husband, Julius Caesar. At the start of act 2, scene 2, Caesar is grumpy. He can't sleep because Calpurnia is dreaming about his death. Awake, Calpurnia begs him not to go to the Capitol. She has a distinct feeling that something bad will happen if he does. Of course, something bad does happen to him. Calpurnia’s dream, and her subsequent dialogue, serve as yet another warning that Caesar will be murdered.

If Calpurnia’s foreshadowing isn’t so interesting, try writing an analytical note on how her character perpetuates certain gender norms. It’s possible to argue that Calpurnia’s dream and foreboding plays into the trope that women have a keen intuition and can sense when something bad is about to happen. One could also claim that Caesar’s treatment of his wife reflects the secondary status of women throughout history. At first, Caesar complies with his wife's wishes. Then Decius comes along and convinces him to ignore his wife’s pleadings. Maybe if Caesar had actually listened to his wife, instead of to one of the men who was scheming to kill him, things would have turned out differently.

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