The fundamentals of marriage have been seen throughout history with the golden “rule” always being trust, in some cases trust must be earned by persuasion. In a story that completely negates the meaning of trust such as Julius Caesar, it is still has a constant presence. The idea of trust is shown in a momentous scene with the character Portia attempting to persuade Brutus that he can entrust her, this point in the book can relate to a logos or pathos emotion. In Act II of Julius Caesar, Portia uses emotional and logical appeal to convince Brutus that she is not only worthy, but as his wife, obligated to be informed of what is troubling him.
Portia uses logical appeal at a heated point in the argument, to try and convince Brutus she has proven herself a wife in position to hear his problems. She uses facts that prove her stature as a woman as when she says, “I grant I am a women, but withal / A women well reputed, Cato’s daughter” (Shakespeare.II.I.317-318). In this line Portia herself can see that she is respectable, and states she has made “strong proof of (her) constancy.” This is a point where she is not trying be passionate to Brutus, but to state legitament facts. Portia uses logical appeal in an attempted to make her husband confess to her.
Portia not only proves that she is a women of good stature but also that they are married, and she is entitled to his trust. She introduces this point with the lines, “I grant I am a women, but withal / A women that Lord Brutus took to wife” (II.I.315-316). Portia acknowledges she is being taken for granted and seen as “no stronger than my sex.” These few lines set up a dramatic moment in which Portia stabs her thigh, which in turn set Brutus off. Portia has throughout the brief moment in the confrontation tried to prove her reliable stature and also his agreement within marriage to let her into his personal challenges.
When Portia first confronts Brutus of his gloomy behavior she uses a very...
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