His speech has a lot of rhythm, there are tonal changes that make it thrilling. Brutus gives a reasoned prose speech that convinces the crowd Caesar had to die. Exit First Citizen Stay, ho! To have let him live would be to submit to slavery, and that's downright un-Roman. It is the combination of these qualities that make him a better all-around politician—and replacement for Caesar—than either Brutus or Cassius. When Macbeth is getting ready for dinner when the murderers come in and Macbeth talks to them asking if it is done. Second Citizen Give him a statue with his ancestors. But Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man.
Shakespeare is his command of language. When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept : weep, wept,wept: cry Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: more austere Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. This was the noblest Roman of all All the conspirators, save only he, Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He only, in a general honest thought, And common good to all, made one of them. Antonys speech, though it is full of sarcasm and hate for the conspirators, technically does not break Brutus's rule. Brutus has a more balanced view of the political position. Described as a passionate man who loves art and music, and teased even by Caesar for staying out late at parties, Antony is the opposite of the coldly logical Brutus. However, the way in which each man went about it differs drastically.
They offered Caesar a crown three times, and he refused it every time. Three years later he was granted a new honorific, , and ruled Rome for the next four decades. To be sure, Antony does not have it easy. The way he puts his words are just about mocking Brutus's previous speech, thus sending his message clearly to the people. Furthermore, Brutus leaves Antony alone with the crowd, thereby losing all control of the situation.
Artemidorus tries to hand him a note warning him about the dangers of the conspirators, but Caesar refuses because Artemidorus informs him that the note is personal. The story continues to explain how Caesar's loyal friend, Marc Antony, helps avenge the brutal murder. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it. Julius Caesar is a tragic drama written by William Shakespeare in 1599. He shows them the stab wounds and names the conspirators who gave Caesar the wounds. At this point, Antony is still ostensibly speaking well of Brutus—at least to the crowd.
Now the crowd is starting to turn against the conspirators and follow Antony. Do you see any reasons for having Brutus speak in prose? Shakespear also make this play memorable thanks to Mark Anthony who is contradictory. An important factor that must be kept in mind while reading is the degree of loyalty, in other words, the degree to which characters act out of a motivation to help others. He knows that the plebians are strongly in favour of Brutus, as Brutus has just given them a speech, so if he starts by accusing Brutus, no one would listen to him. The funeral oration was aimed to respect the fallen as well as to keep up the national pride and its passion to protect their nation.
It is known that both Brutus and Antony desired to appeal to the common people. Brutus tells him that Caesar was destroying the republic and had to be removed from power. Away from Rome, Brutus and Cassius are filled with doubts about the future and quarrel over funds for their soldiers' pay. Gaining the support of the people is no easy task for any one man, be it politician, speaker, or intellectual, and Antony recognizes this and compensates for it through clever phrasing. Shakespeare is speaking to an English audience and thinks of English manners and customs, as when he speaks of the coffin in 106 below.
After Brutus speaks, the crowd becomes calm and supports his cause. Third Citizen O woful day! I am beholding: I am beholden, or under obligations to you. Describe the Roman mob as you imagine it. The effect of this repetition is that the crowd begins to question this statement that they previously thought was fact. His purpose is to revolt the audience, therefore his speech is more rhythmic, incantational and it ends with an onomatopoeia and an exclamation. Antony appeals to the passion and the grief of the people.
His elegiac tone aims to touch his audience. Scene Questions for Review 1. You all did see that on the Lupercal 95 I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? The Athenians were very proud of Athena and its traditions, as well. The speech could serve as a thematic synopsis to Julius Caesar. Quote the lines from each that you like best.
He knows there is strength in numbers, and through a speech at Caesar's funeral, Antony plans to win the crowd of Rome and turn them against Brutus and the other conspirators. Julius Caesar was a very important figure at this time as he was a very successful general who helped spread the Roman Empire and after his defeat of his political rival Pompey, he took on the role of becoming a dictator of Rome. Brutus introduces Antony to the crowd and closes his speech by restating that he slew his best friend for Rome's sake and that he will turn the same dagger on himself if his country ever needs his death. To make sure the crowd took his points seriously, Mark Antony has to appear fair and wise. Antony was infuriated with Caesar's assassination, and wants to seek revenge on his killers as well as gain power for himself in Rome's government. She has had visionary dreams and fears the portents of the overnight storms.