In Julius Caesar
, the human body echoes the body politic: the conspirators call Caesar's
autocracy a sickness that must be cured; the sleepless Brutus
speaks of a rebellion in his body mirroring the rebellion he plans; and Calpurnia's
dream about Caesar's bleeding statue is reinterpreted to mean that Rome draws its life from Caesar, as if his health were synonymous with the city's. Physical strength and weakness is important too. Portia courts pain as a means of proving her worth, and Caesar's great power is contrasted by infirmity—he's epileptic and partially deaf.