Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Imagine a world where women were completely subservient to men. Imagine what it would be like to live in a society where women were home-schooled, and not allowed to attend any type of university. What would today’s society be like if women lawyers, doctors, actors, and military soldiers were nonexistent? It would be a modern day version of the Elizabethan era in England. This was a time period where women had little rights, but the dramatic arts flourished due to Queen Elizabeth’s appreciation for them. It was during this time period that literary genius William Shakespeare wrote his many plays including The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Living in this time period caused him to look at women in a somewhat submissive way and portray them as …show more content…
However, Caesar dismisses this “foolish” idea, and continues to go the capitol as planned. Within the next few scenes, it is made known that her interpretation was more than accurate. Although Portia did not play a large part in foreshadowing important incidents, she did allude to the events that would occur later in the play. Prithee, listen well. I heard a bustling rumor, like a fray, And the wind brings it from the Capitol. (2.4.17-19)
As she says this, she is referring to the noise of an activity taking place in the capitol, which we soon learn is Caesar’s death.
Women, however having a large role in the foreshadowing of Julius Caesar, still seem to be in a lower social class than the men who surround them. Calphurnia warns Caesar about not going to the capitol on the ides of March with a very vivid description of a dream she had. She dreamt tonight she saw my statue, Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts, Did run pure blood, and many lusty Romans Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it. (2.2.76-79)
Yet, Decius arrives and offers another interpretation of the dream, which has a better outcome for Caesar. He decides to agree with deceitful Decius’s interpretation over his loyal wife’s. Had Calphurnia been a man, and Decius a woman, would Julius Caesar still have disregarded the
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