Comparing Brutus And Antony 's Speech Essay

1150 Words Apr 10th, 2015 5 Pages
On March 15, 44 BC, Brutus killed Julius Caesar for the freedom and protection of Rome. According to Brutus he says, “I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him but as he was ambitious, I slew him.” (ll. 26-27). Another reason as to why he killed him was his ambition. Perhaps Brutus thought that Caesar had too much ambition. Which begs two questions did Caesar have too much ambition? Moreover, what was Caesar so ambitious about? In this essay, I am going to talk about Brutus’ funeral speech and whether it was more effective than Antony’s, what rhetorical appeals did both Brutus and Antony use, and if having too much ambition is a bad thing. In my opinion, Brutus had the better funeral speech he was unequivocal on why he killed Caesar and did not try to make friends with the people that did not accept what he did to help Rome. In Antony’s funeral speech, he is very repetitive for example, he says, “For Brutus is an honorable man.” (l. 90). Then he says it again, “And Brutus is an honorable man.” (l. 95). Finally, he says it one more time, “And sure he is an honorable man.” (l. 107). He says that Brutus is an honorable man three times that is being repetitive. In his speech, Antony tries to persuade the people why they should love Caesar again. From lines 110-113 he says, “You all did love him once, not without cause. What cause withholds you then to mourn for him? O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason. Bear with me.” (ll. 110-113).…

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