Decius vs. Calphurnia

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Emily Casey
Language and Composition
2002 question 2 Form B
Decius vs. Calphurnia
Thursday, November 08, 2012

In William Shakespeare’s Tragic Play, Julius Caesar, Decius a noble and trusted

supporter of Caesar was able to convince his “Crowned king” to visit the senate after

he was forewarned by his wife Calphurnia about the consequences of leaving his

home. Caesar not looking into the forewarnings and having only the desire of

earning a crown was murdered and stabbed by his most loyal constituents. Decius

the most loved supporter of Caesar lead his “King” to his death and stabbed him the

last. This shows us that in Decius’s careful choice of words, use of appeals and his

understanding of Caesar himself played an important role in getting Caesar to the

senate in the first place even though his beloved wife warned him of the


In this passage, Calphurnia begins to tell Caesar a vision she had just dreamt of

the night before. She tries to scare Caesar and uses details from her omens to warn

him and convince him to remain at home. She says “…graves have yawned…drizzled

in blood upon the capitol.” She uses these emotionally charged words to try to make

Caesar understand her fear. However, Decius is more effective in his arguments

rather than Calphurnia because he knows Caesars behavior enough to deceive him.

He leaves out much of the scary visions his wife mentions , skipping over them or

manipulating them in to positive visions ,for example when he twist Calphurnia’s

words into “… reviving blood …for tinctures, stains relics and cognizance.” He

discredits every point she makes and makes her seem foolish for showing her fear.

He also takes advantage of the situation by showing no fear and keeping calm when

needed. He only lets her continue ranting on about her dream and allowing her to

beg him to stay home.

Both Calphurnia and Decius...
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