“Behind every man is a greater woman,” an old saying reads. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, this phrase is remarkably true, considering seemingly marginal figures such as Calpurnia and Portia, the only two women in the play, help excavate the characters of Brutus and Caesar. The women are only flaunted through their relationships with their husbands, and therefore greatly show contrasts in the nobles’ characters. Brutus’ wife, Portia, has far more lines in the play, and shows more noteworthy anecdotes about Brutus than Calpurnia does about Caesar. Women in Julius Caesar, though often absent and seemingly insignificant, provide a domestic view on the male character’s lives and convey how disrespected women are treated in the setting of the historical
Calpurnia used pathos to convince Caesar to stay home by proclaiming that she is his wife and stay home for her and Decius used logos by claiming the senate would see him as a coward if he stayed home. Although Calpurnia did her best to help Caesar, his fatal flaws finally showed through. Caesar then fell for the plotting of
As a result, Brutus starts to believes that it is his job to murder Caesar, as he says in Act 2, Scene 1: “It must be by his death: and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general” (2.1.14-16). This example explicitly shows that Brutus’s nobility makes him an easy target for others to manipulate. Furthermore, Brutus’s nobility makes him naive. In Act 3, Scene 2, Brutus departs, fully trusting Mark Antony on his words to make a speech that does not blame the conspirators. This, however, is a huge mistake because Antony seeks this chance to successfully turn the crowd against the conspirators.
Although Brutus justified the killing of Caesar to the citizens of Rome, it seems as if he was not able to justify it to himself. As a result the ghost of Caesar was not the revival of Caesars spirit but rather it was physical manifestation of Brutus' guilty conscience. The death of Portia seemed to have a profound effect on Brutus as well, this can be clearly recognized as Brutus was visibly sadder after hearing of his wife's death. This sadness could be attributed to the fact Brutus thinks that he himself is responsible for Portia's death. It was revealed in the story that She killed herself because she was worried about Brutus absences and that Octavius and Mark Antony had made themselves to strong.
This was a unique way to bring Caesar’s character back into the story and get a message to Brutus. Although Brutus was not expecting it, he got the message. In conclusion, there are many different traits showing Brutus as a tragic hero. Brutus had to make a life-changing decision when he killed Caesar and he also made a very important choice when he let Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral. He had to learn from this choice and see what he did wrong.
By aligning Portia with Satan because of her desire to test Bassanio, Shakespeare subtly prompts the audience to perceive her as flawed and self interested, thus insinuating that she is unfit to judge equitably. Vocalizing her desire to humiliate Bassanio and Gratiano, Portia claims “We shall have old swearing/That they did give the rings away to men;/But we’ll outface them,
“Calpurnia sent me through the swinging door to the diningroom with a stinging smack,” (Lee 25). Even though this seems very harsh to us, back then it was very normal. Plus, it shows how serious she really is about these important lessons. So even though she may be a little hard on them sometimes, she always has good intentions, and they shine through. Calpurnia is an amazing side character who plays an extremely important role in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
In literature characters use ethos, logos, and pathos to help persuade the readers and other characters in the literature of what they are speaking about. In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Brutus speaks at Caesar’s funeral. Brutus tells the people of Rome how Caesar is an ambitious man and how he kills him so all of the people of Rome could finally be free. After Brutus is finished speaking, Antony steps up to speak. He explains to the people of Rome how Caesar couldn’t have been an ambitious man; he has turned down a crown three times.
1. 171-172.) He may call out for the murder of Caesar but he asks them to not kill him with anger or resentment. He claims his reasoning behind this is so that the plebeians will not see their actions as evil or misconstrue their intentions. The real reason, however, is that Brutus does not believe killing his friend is the right thing to do, but if it benefits the country and saves them from an evil tyrant then it is the correct course of action no matter his feelings.
Contrastingly, the same statement shows ethos because Brutus is, in a sense, putting up his hand and saying that he knows best how Caesar could behave. Weighing friendship and fear of the uncertainty of how Caesar will react when gets to a high position, Brutus