Julius Caesar's Funeral Speech Analysis
He implies Caesar’s ambitions would cause Rome to diminish, which caused him to assassinate him. Antony, however, influences the individuals who surrounded him that Caesar was not ambitious and therefore Brutus and the Conspirators were not honorable men, in order to cause the common people to revolt against the Conspirators. Both Anthony and Brutus express their outlook on Caesar’s death, in order to persuade their audience to comprehend either of their point of views, however, Antony’s speech is ultimately superior to Brutus’s.
During Caesar’s funeral, Antony demonstrates his individual perspective regarding the situation by applying his position within Rome. Initially, Antony addresses the audience in an affable manner, in order to convey his trust with the individuals who surround him. For example, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” (Shakespeare Act III …show more content…
For example, “I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious” (Act III Scene 2). Here, one is able to identify that Antony applies logic in order to demonstrate that Caesar is not truly ambitious, as Caesar nobly declined in accepting the crown regardless of the requests of the individuals incorporated in Rome, as he did not desire in acquiring power and authority. Additionally, Antony uses logic in order to persuade his audience to question the statements made within Caesar’s will, in which he declines, in order to cause the individuals who surround him to revolt against the Conspirators. As seen here, “But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar; I found it in his closet, ‘tis his will: Let but the commoners hear this testament—Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read—…This will, the will! We will hear Caesar’s will. Have patience, good friends, I must not read it; It is not meet you know Caesar loved you…Bearing the will of Caesar, it will inflame you, it will make you mad: ‘Tis good you know not that you are his heirs; for, if you should, O, what would come of it!” (Act III Scene 2). Therefore, Antony refuses to read Caesar’s will in order denote that if they comprehended Caesar’s compassion towards the individuals of Rome, it would ultimately result in numerous