Of Caesar's Rerayation In The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar?

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All hail Caesar! Julius Caesar is a historical figure who is famous for defeating the sons of the Roman General Pompey during 44 BC. He was assassinated by his friend Brutus and a group of conspirators due to their fear of Caesar gaining too much power and turning Rome into a dictatorship . In 1599, William Shakespeare wrote the play “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” about Caesar’s assassination. In the Act 3 of the play, Brutus addresses a crowd of people at Caesar’s funeral. He explains that he killed Caesar to protect the citizens of Rome from him as Caesar was too powerful and too ambitious. At first, the crowd trusts and believes Brutus’s side of the story. However, the audience’s opinion changes when Caesar’s friend Mark Antony begins to …show more content…
He uses conjunctions, such as “if” and “but” numerous times throughout Antony’s speech in order to counter arguments that Brutus made. At the beginning of his speech, “if” is used to challenge the idea that Caesar’s ambition is a positive quality. Antony tells the audience that if Caesar was ambitious, “it was a grievous fault” (1623). He is rebutting the thought that ambitious is a positive trait. Then, Antony uses “but” to dispute the idea that he is trying to disprove Brutus. Antony elucidates that does not want to “disprove what Brutus spoke” (1644), but only speak “what I do know”(1645) In this statement, he is arguing that he is not trying to make Brutus look wrong, but only wants to state what he knows in order to protect his now deceased companion. Finally, Caesar uses the “if “ again to counter the suggestion that he is trying to turn the audience against Brutus. He clarifies that if he turns the audience “hearts and minds to mutiny and rage” (1667), he would do “Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong” (1668). Antony is again trying to make sure that everyone understands that he only wants to state what he knows, not try and get the audience despises Brutus. Antony uses these conjunctions to justify his various actions and various statements against Brutus. Also, Antony relies on rhetorical questions in order to gain a negative response from the audience and make them question Brutus. First, he uses a rhetorical question to make the audience doubt whether if Caesar is actually ambitious like Brutus . Antony mentions how Caesar “thrice refuse” becoming king and accepting the crown. He asks the audience “was this ambition?”(1641). Antony’s statement about how Caesar refused the crown three times forces the audience to question whether or not Caesar is actually ambitious. They are forced to conclude that Caesar is not ambitious. Finally, Antony uses a

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