Essay on The Spirit Of Caesar Lives On Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar

1059 Words Nov 4th, 2015 5 Pages
The spirit of Caesar lives on. In Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, Caesar remains through Antony and his cogent speech to the citizens of Rome. The presence of Caesar can be felt through the despair in Antony’s voice as he addresses his fellow Romans. Following the death of his great friend Caesar, Antony moves the crowd to believe in the everlasting eminence of the once praised leader. Antony’s emotional appeals engage the Roman people and persuade them to support Antony over Brutus in their fight for power over Rome. The speeches that Antony and Brutus give have many similarities. Both men confess their love for Caesar in their speeches to the Romans. Brutus expresses his love for Caesar in his speech to ensure the citizens of Rome that his intentions are just. According to Brutus, “if there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his” (3.2.19-21). This statement appeals to the citizens because it is proving that the new man who wants to rise to power loves the previous leader, but cares most about the well-being of the people. He took the sacrifices necessary to give the Romans the best lives they could possibly have. Comparatively, Antony explains how loving of a friend Caesar was to him. This shows the people of Rome that Caesar was a good man who should not have been assassinated. In Antony’s perspective, Caesar “was my friend, faithful and just to me” (3.2.94). Antony’s approach to…

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