Act II Scene 4


In this Scene: Portia, Lucius, Soothsayer

Summary In this scene, Portia, who now has been told of the conspirators' plan to kill Caesar, waits anxiously for news of their success. Portia cannot bare to be separated from Brutus any longer. She has no choice other than to send Lucius to report the status of both Caesar and Brutus. At first, Lucius is confused and does not understand the significance of his errand. However, Portia stresses the importance of the errand and just as he is about to set off, the Soothsayer enters the scene! Portia immediately asks the Soothsayer why he is there. His explanation is that he plans on speaking to Caesar as he enters the Capitol. Portia learns that the Soothsayer is a big supporter of Caesar's and that he would be the wrong person to accidentally inform of Brutus' plan. However, the Soothsayer gives off an odd presence that makes the reader feel as if he knows exactly what is happeneing. Before departing, the Soothsayer tells Portia that these streets will become crowded; and with that, he leaves. Portia is still extremely distraught, so she wishes Brutus luck (outloud) with the knowledge that Lucius hears her. She orders Lucius once more to run down to the capitol and inform Brutus that she is merry (in order to protect both Brutus and herself) and for Lucius to report back to Portia with Brutus's response. End of Act II.----

Pictures & Explanations

Portia asks Lucius to run to the Capitol

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Portia pleas with Lucius to help her
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Portia and the Soothsayer
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Extra Notes

Portia wants to act but cannot for she has "a man's mind, but a woman's might." (l.9) The position that Portia is in, her fear that her husband's plan will be discovered and that she cannot act to help him due to her being a woman, makes her anxious. She settles for sending Lucius to tell her the results.