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Act II Development of Relationships between Husbands and Wives Relationships between characters play a great part in Julius Caesar the Shakespearean tragedy about the scheming of Caesars death which then are shown to affect all aspects of Roman life Some relationships show the concealed discord between characters some show the conniving spirit of those who desire power while others show how some hearts are devoted entirely to the greater good of the republic The dialogue between Brutus and Portia along with that of Calphurnia and Caesar plays a significant role in the development of the plot Portia is a symbol of Brutuss private life a representative of correct intuition and morality just as Calphurnia is for Caesar but they differ in several ways including each wifes fears and concerns each husbands response to the pleas of each wife the final outcome of the exchange and both couples dramatic function in development of the play The fears and concerns of Portia and Brutuss reactions are shown once after the conspirators have left Brutuss house where Portia becomes apprehensive to the point where she cannot hide her anxiety Portia enters after the end of Brutuss soliloquy approaching Brutus calmly He however is a bit startled at the fact that his wife is awake at this time of night Brutus shows his affection for Portia when he says Portia What mean you Wherefore rise you now It is not for your health thus to commit your weak condition to the raw cold morning21 224-226 Telling Brutus how she senses something is bothering him perhaps a secret he is keeping from her and knowing that within he is at war with himself she explains that Brutus got out of bed for an unknown reason and the other night had arisen during suppertime with strange gesticulations and expressions Reminding him Portia says When I asked you what the matter was you stared upon me with ungentle looks
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