Mark Antony Speech In Julius Caesar

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Throughout time there have been many instances where a strong orator voices their opinion with power persuasive elements and lead to a drastic change, much like the case of Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. Before Antony gives his famous eulogy of his dead friend and future leader of Rome, Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus gives his outlook on the situation first in front of a crowd of Romans. Brutus is also a close friend of Caesar but he believes that Caesar needed to die because he was ambitious and a possible future tyrant; Brutus wanted to save Rome from that possibility and he successfully brings the crowd to his side. He and others believing that Caesar must die assassinated him a short time before these two funeral speeches; …show more content…
In his funeral speech, Antony draws the fickle citizens of Rome to his side to bring forth political chaos that results in the fall of the Brutus and his fellow assassins and to insert himself into a position of power with the use of repetition, irony, and pathos appeal. To accomplish his goal of tarnishing Brutus’s and the conspirators reputation, Mark Antony uses repetition to bring the crowd to his side so he can avenge the death of his dear friend, Caesar. Throughout Antony’s speech he repeats the words “honourable man” in reference to Brutus and his reputation for being an “honourable man” to manifest in the crowd that Brutus was in fact not honourable for what he has done (III.ii.1631). Through his repetition of this phrase the crowd begins to see what Brutus has truly done and they begin to question his motives, his honour and his nobility. Antony successfully gets …show more content…
Antony sardonically calls Brutus “honourable” and “noble” after he maliciously participates in the murder of Caesar (III.ii.1621/1627). By sarcastically calling him honourable, Antony clandestinely depreciates the man’s reputation resulting in the crowd realizing that he can not be blindly trusted and they need to consider for themselves what is going on. Thus, Antony begins to steal Roman support away from Brutus and twist it into animosity. Antony states that he is “not” speaking to “disprove what Brutus spoke” although his purpose in his speech is to convert the fickle Romans from being Brutus supporters to Brutus haters (III.ii.1644). This statement rallys even more support from the crowd because it illuminates Antony is only trying to do what is morally correct in this tragic situation which in turn further dwindles the belief that Brutus did the right thing.Additionally, Antony loads his speech with emotional appeal to personalize with his listeners and to upset them about Caesar’s death which previously they had supported because of Brutus’s speech. In the opening of his eulogy, Antony address the audience as “Friends, Romans, and countrymen” which creates a sense of trust and companionship between himself and the fickle citizens listening on (III.ii.1617). By opening his speech with this

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