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Julius Caesar Study Guide

 Julius Caesar: The Complete Play with Explanatory Notes
 Julius Caesar Overview
 Julius Caesar Study Questions (with Detailed Answers)

 Julius Caesar Character Introduction
 Julius Caesar: Analysis by Act and Scene (and Timeline)

 Julius Caesar Summary (Acts 1 and 2)
 Julius Caesar Summary (Acts 3 and 4)
 Julius Caesar Summary (Act 5)

 Blank Verse and Diction in Julius Caesar
 Julius Caesar Quotations (Top 10)
 Julius Caesar Quotations (Full)

 All About Et tu, Brute?
 How to Pronounce the Names in Julius Caesar
 Sources for Julius Caesar: Important Excerpts from Plutarch

 An Account of Shakespeare's Adaptation of Plutarch's Julius Caesar
 Plutarch's Influence on Shakespeare and Other Writers of the Sixteenth Century

 What is Tragic Irony?
 Seneca's Tragedies and the Elizabethan Drama
 Characteristics of Elizabethan Drama

 Why Shakespeare is so Important
 Shakespeare's Language
 Shakespeare's Boss: The Master of Revels

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Quote in Context

I grant I am a woman; but withal
A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife:
I grant I am a woman; but withal
A woman well-reputed, Cato's daughter.
Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
Being so father'd and so husbanded?
Tell me your counsels, I will not disclose 'em.
                       Julius Caesar (2.1), Portia

Portia is the strong and devoted wife of Brutus. Her most notable moment in the play is when she reveals to her husband that she has wounded herself to demonstrate her strength and courage (2.1.300). Her act proves to Brutus that she is worthy to hear his troubles, and he is about to tell her his plan when they are interrupted by Ligarius. Knowing Brutus's cause is lost to Antony and Octavius, Portia commits suicide in 4.3. Read on...