Yet while Caesar may not be unduly power-hungry, he does possess his share of flaws. He is unable to separate his public life from his private life, and, seduced by the populace’s increasing idealization and idolization of his image, he ignores ill omens and threats against his life, believing himself as eternal as the North Star. Antony - A friend of Caesar. Antony claims allegiance to Brutus and the conspirators after Caesar’s death in order to save his own life. Later, however, when speaking a funeral oration over Caesar’s body, he spectacularly persuades the audience to withdraw its support of Brutus and instead condemn him as a traitor.
He is not looking to persuade the crowd instead he is looking to tell the people why he did it. He speaks of his love for Rome and how Caesar was greedy and ambitious. Though, through his speech he is very repetitive and formal. In this he distances himself from the public. Also, in his high-minded approach he starts to talk in third person, explaining that he did this not against Caesar, but for Rome.
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.
While trying to cause the mass of people to get rid of the bias it has against Antony, who is Caesar’s best friend, and also to convince it that, what he says is done with the permission of Brutus, he develops his rationale that Caesar was not ambitious as alleged by Brutus. He uses his fine art of speaking not to show that he is violating the undertaking made to Brutus that he would not blame him. He knows if the pro-Brutus crowd sees that he is finding fault with Brutus, it will raise objections and will not allow him to continue with his speech. At the commencement of his speech, Antony is very tactful, patient, humble and has the presence of mind not to do anything that will antagonize the pro-Brutus feeling. He also tries to convince the people there that he too is
There were many proposals and discussions on a way to kill him. They decide to summon Caesar to read a petition. The petition was a move to get him to surrender power and hand it back to the Senate. The assassination of Caesar occurred as he was reading the fake
‘Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully…carve him as a dish fit for the gods’ the use of a metaphor reveals that his intentions are not to kill Caesar out of spite but instead with regret and considers Caesar as a person of a respectful status. Brutus states ‘…not that I loved Caesar less, but that I love Rome more’ and through this elevates his loyalty to the country and the self-justification provides evidence towards the
But due to Brutus being mislead and easily manipulated by Cassius, Brutus would be a more suitable leader to lead Post-Caesar Rome than Cassius, but not to convincingly lead the conspiracy against Caesar. But neither are able to lead the conspiracy and Rome as a whole. Both Cassius and Brutus are friends of Caesar, Brutus respects and loves Caesar but he believes that he would bring chaos to the state of Rome, in comparison to Cassius whom he despises out of jealously and resents the fact that Caesar shows him no favour and is clearly envious of Caesar's growing power and popularity. In the first Act of the play, Cassius was clearly trying to persuade Brutus into removing Caesar from power, but Brutus is uncertain to do so, as he loves Caesar out of respect. " I would not Cassius, yet I love him well..Set honour in one eye and death I'th' other And I will look on both indifferently.." This shows that Brutus is indecisive of Caesar and is unfazed by Cassius's attempt to manipulate him to conspire against Caesar.
After that was all stated he reminded the people how Carsar did turn down the kings crown multiple times, "I thrice presented him a kinlgy crown, Which he did thrice refuse." Then he repeats, "Was this ambitious, Brutus said he is ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man." He is just saying Brutus is an honorable man but using the sarcasm and irony of his choice of words to make Brutus look like the enemy. The irony he uses in this speech is quite astounding. Anthony uses the term, "an honorable man" as more of an insult than a compliment.
Cassius is all bent out of shape because he thinks Caesar is running around acting like a king. Without coming right out and saying so directly, Cassius (who has been plotting against Caesar with a group of conspirators) suggests that maybe Brutus should lead Rome. Brutus says he gets what Cassius is saying, but he is also good friends with Caesar, so he needs a little time to think about
Julius Caesar Essay: Comparing the speeches of Brutus and Mark Antony In Scene 2, Act III, both Brutus and Mark Antony give very important and interesting speeches, revealing much of their personalities and characters. Caesar has just been killed, stabbed to death by a group of his closest "friends", including Brutus, whom he loved greatly (195-200). The conspirators have bathed their hands and arms in Caesar’s blood and have raised tension and chaos among the Roman citizens. Antony has gone courageously to see Caesar’s body and speak to the conspirators to understand why they have done such a horrible deed. Mark Antony has asked the conspirators for permission to carry Caesar’s body outside and make a funeral speech in his honor.