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Calpurnia In The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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Dreams can come true. Calpurnia Pisonis had a tremendous opportunity to stop the murder of the most adored man in Rome, though she did not succeed. Julius Caesar, Calpurnia’s husband, typically listens to his wife when an important event is about to take place, but not this time. Likewise in history, Calpurnia had entered the same situation as William Shakespeare unfolded her into during The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Calpurnia is portrayed as a polite, middle aged woman married to Julius Caesar, one of Rome’s most famous generals. She was Caesar’s third wife and the two wedded in 59 BC and was together until his life ended on March 15, 44 BC. Caesar had great respect for his wife, as well ...view middle of the document...

She has his complete attention because of her nervousness and pleading, until Decius makes his impact on the situation. Decius argues that everything is misinterpreted; that it was a lucky dream and not an evil one. He then persuaded Caesar into going to the Capitol without Caesar having any hesitations of his own. There was nothing Calpurnia could do to stop him and make him stay at home that day. During this time period, a mans word had more of an influence on a person than a womans word did.
Undoubtedly, Calpurnia serves as a voice of caution. She not only told Caesar as soon as she woke up about all the mishaps in her dream, but she nearly got him to stay home that day. Without her, Julius Caesar would not have known much about the strange occurrence that was about to happen, nor would he of thought twice about going to the Capitol that day with all of the unnatural events happening. Her voice carried love, worry, fear, and heartbreak throughout the room and into Caesar’s ears, in which he just blocked out and turned a plain event into a historical event.
Likewise, this historical event in the play happened in history too with her and her mystical dream. There are many similarities involving Calpurnia in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Calpurnia Pisonis in the real world. She has her famous dream to prevent the murder, though William Shakespeare never mentions her family background. Her father, Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, was a statesman of ancient Rome, though there is no comment on their wealth. Her brother, Lucius Calpurnius Piso, was a prominent Roman Senator and was highly recognized by many people in Rome. There was not much was known about her mother. The family appeared to be successful during the time they were living.
While they were living, Calpurnia was dealing with the same issues as she was in the play because women typically were not as popular as men. Therefore, women were not as favored as the men were and essentially hid in the shadows of...

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