ii. 102). He makes the Plebeians feel close to Caesar again and remember the reasons why they loved their leader. Antony is not only passionate in his own words, but he also compels the crowd to have passion toward Caesar, as they did too love him. In addition, Antony’s speech is manipulative.
Unlike Caesar, Brutus is able to separate completely his public life from his private life; by giving priority to matters of state, he epitomizes Roman virtue. Torn between his loyalty to Caesar and his allegiance to the state, Brutus becomes the tragic hero of the play. Julius Caesar - A great Roman general and senator recently returned to Rome in triumph after a successful military campaign. While his good friend Brutus worries that Caesar may aspire to dictatorship over the Roman republic, Caesar seems to show no such inclination, declining the crown several times. Yet while Caesar may not be unduly power-hungry, he does possess his share of flaws.
Although Brutus initially was the approval of the Roman citizens Antony’s sarcastic speech made the Romans second guess if the assassination of Caesar was right. In the speech Mark Antony gave in Act 3 Scene 2 he was speaking about Caesar being ambitious and Brutus being an honorable man but keeps repeating it in a sarcastic tone. For instances Antony said “But Brutus says he is ambitious and Brutus is a honorable man”, then again Brutus said “Yet Brutus says he was ambitious and Brutus is an honorable man” because it’s repeated a couple throughout Antony’s speech. As well in Act 3 Scene 2 Brutus said “And for my sake, stay here with Antony Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech. Tending to Caesar’s glories, which Mark Antony By our permission is allowed to make.
Julius Caesar: The Development of Mark Antony In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the author writes the Character “Mark Antony” very well. In the beginning of the play Antony is a very good friend of Caesar and watches out for him. He treats Caesar as a father with great respect. Antony is very loyal to Caesar and he does everything in his power to make Caesar happy, for example while he runs the race in the beginning of the play, he touches Caesars wife so that she may be fertilized. After Caesar is killed, Antony becomes very mournful and outrage by the treachery of the conspirators that killed Caesar.
By doing this, he manages to calm the storm of a crowd. From this point he starts with the argumentation. By planting doubt of what Brutus has said, this gives a huge advantage for Antony with the crowd. Antony creates mixed feelings in the crowd by using a pun on “grievous” and “grievously”. The most contradictory figure of speech used is the phrase “For Brutus is an honorable man” which is repeated many times throughout the text.
He recalls when Othello passed him over promotion for the position of lieutenant. He sarcastically describes Othello as pompous, “Loving his own pride and purposes”, as he used military language to deliver the message that he has already chosen another man. “Horribly stuffed with epithets of war”. The rhetorical question Iago’s uses, “And what was he?” Prepares him to delve further into why he despises Othello. Iago believes that Othello has greatly misjudged choosing “Michael Cassio”, over him, as Cassio is a “Mere prattle without practice”.
So far, Brutus’ speech is very direct and precise. The mob rapidly agrees and supports him, cheering him down the pulpit. However, Brutus tells the citizens to stay and listen to what Mark Antony, who arrives with Caesar’s body, has to say. Antony quiets the crowd and begins his speech agreeing with Brutus’ reason to kill Caesar (his ambition) and calls
The rhetorical devices used in Brutus’s great speech offer tricks that we find in many great political speeches. For example, “believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour”. Brutus repeatedly refers to himself, wanting to persuade the crowd that because he is an honorable man, what he did was right. He also praises Caesar, which makes it okay in the eyes of the audience. We see this now when a politician will amend his opponent, even though he has devastated him just previously, this is ethos.
While Pangloss constantly reminds Candide that he lives in “the best of all possibly worlds,” Voltaire really means quite the contrary. He is trying to display how much human pain goes unnoticed despite the fact that it is all around us. This may seem like a backward approach, but Voltaire forces the reader to question monarchial authority on their own. As far as inconsistency goes, the monarchs seem to pity themselves. Voltaire mocks that idea and tries to highlight the suffering of the people as a greater importance.
This fast paced speech prevents the plebians from reflecting on it and forming their own opinion. Brutus begins by addressing them as “Romans, countrymen, and lovers”. This order of listing very subtly implies that Brutus placed the honour and glory of Rome above friendship. The word choice makes the plebians believe that Brutus was indeed an ally who had the best interests of Rome and its people at heart. He now has the crowd’s attention and approval.