• “O Julius Caesar, thou art might yet” – said by Brutus when he finds his friends killed by the army of Antony and Lepidus. • “This was the noblest Roman of them all” – said by Antony when he finds Brutus dead. • “So call the field, and let’s away / To part the glories of this happy day.” – said by Lepidus as he ends the play. PERSPECTIVES OF CHARACTERS Brutus: At first, he does not commit to Cassius’ conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. He is convinced by letters written by Cinna that the civilians of Rome request him to prevent Caesar from gaining power.
Oedipus does not want to believe the truths Tiresias is telling him and falsely accuses Kreon of plotting against him to become king of Thebes. Kreon is so hurt by this that he tells the chorus, "This accusation against me by our ruler Oedipus, It's outrageous.” By the end of the play, Kreon tells Oedipus that "I'm always as good as my word; I don't speak before I think." In Antigone, Kreon becomes king of Thebes after Polynices and Eteocles commit fratricide in battle. Antigone commits her ‘crime of reverence' by burying Polynices after a direct order from Kreon dictating that everyone leave him on the ground, unburied. Kreon first accuses the council of elders of being stupid and old when they suggest that the gods were behind Polynices' burial.
He used repetition to try and sway the plebeians. He often refers to Brutus as an “honorable man”, each time with more sarcasm. Antony also uses reverse psychology on the crowd. He tells everyone about “Caesar’s will”, however, he says that he cannot read it. This makes everyone beg for him to read it.
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.
With this new-found confidence, he intervenes when Penelope asks Phemius, the minstrel, not to sing of Odysseus. Sensibly, he recognizes the Battle of Troy killed many others, and affirms his place as master of his house. In the hall, he proposes an assembly to the Suitors and boldly demands that they leave his house. Later at the debate, his passionate speech and tears induce pity amongst the crowd, yet show the lack of control he has over his emotions. While he fails to convince the people of Ithaca to take action, or even speak against the Suitors, Telemachus has finally broken out of his shell.
This is shown by the use of the words “I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the General.” Brutus says that he is joining the conspiracy only for the people when in fact; Brutus is using this as an excuse to kill Caesar. Ever since Caesar has had a rise in Power, Brutus has gotten less attention from the general public. Brutus feels jealous of Caesar and is making an excuse to kill Brutus. Brutus is also trying to convince himself that he is fighting for a worthy cause. Cassius questions how Caesar will act after he obtains the crown, he goes on to state that by crowning Caesar they are giving him power to cause damage.
After Caesar is killed, Antony becomes very mournful and outrage by the treachery of the conspirators that killed Caesar. Antony asks for just to a speech at Caesars funeral and Brutus grants him that one wish. Antony is a very intelligent man and he has the ability to manipulate a crowd with his speeches. For example in Act 3 During Antony speech he says But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. He hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
Thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason. Bear with me; my heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me” (3.2.103-106). However, Brutus had a more difficult job as he had to convince the crowd to forgive him for the murder of the head of the Roman Empire. “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men” (3.2.20-21). One of the rhetorical appeals that Antony used in his speech was pathos.
He had won them over until Antony began his speech. Mark Antony started off with a dramatic entrance, he entered the pulpit carrying Caesars lifeless body. Antony then began his speech with a contradiction, he talked about not praising Caesar but throughout most of his speech that is exactly what he did. Not only did he praise Caesar but he also tore at Brutus and the other conspirators image by repetitively and sarcastically calling them “honorable men”. He began to turn the crowd against the conspirators by convincing them that there was nothing ambitious about Caesar and he loved Rome more than he did himself.
Antony and Brutus Praise Caesar Differently In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Brutus and Antony praise Julius Caesar, but they each used a different style of doing this. Brutus uses an arrogant approach and tries to draw the people in with him. He explains that he wants to conspire against Caesar by saying that Caesar's intent could or would have hurt Rome. However, Antony decided to focus on Caesar's positive traits, and he also disapproved of Brutus' reasons for killing Caesar. The uncertain Romans wavered between leaders.