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In Act Two of Julius Caesar the reader was introduced to the characters of Portia and Calpurnia They were similar in many ways Portia was the wife of Brutus She noticed that there was something the matter with Brutus when he uncharacteristically awoke very early in the morning She asked him what was bothering him but her question was only answered by a glare She continued her questioning and insisted that he tell her what was troubling him He told her that he was only feeling ill and that she should go back to sleep Portia saw through this lie and knew that something important was keeping him up but she also noticed that her questions were making him angry so she calmed the conversation down She begged him to give her the truth of why he was up that morning and to try to prove that she was worthy she pierced her thigh and drew her own blood This still did not get him to tell her his secret Portia proved she was determined by not giving up without pressing for him to tell her She also proved that she was loving by expressing her concern for her husband and offering herself as a person for him to vent his problems out to even though he refused to use her as it She was also understanding by knowing that Brutus was getting angry and not doing anything to make him angrier She proved her strength and devotion by piercing her thigh and not expressing her pain Portia was also a stoic because she did not show much emotion and she also did not express pain She was a role model for women because she attempted to make her status with Brutus more equal have the relationship of husband and wife more close and together She was much ahead of her time because women were not considered mens equals until the 20th century Calpurnia
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