Julius Caesar Funeral Speech Analysis

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The play “Julius Caesar” is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. This play that took place in Rome before the first century and was a about the death a man called Julius Caesar. Both Mark Antony and Marcus Brutus are at the “funeral” of Caesar moments after he was assassinated by a group of conspirators along with Brutus. During this Brutus attempts to make the crowd believe that murdering his friend Caesar was justified. After the people calmed down when Brutus spoke Mark Antony was seething about Brutus murdering his best friend, so Mark Antony started plotting his revenge and in his “funeral speech” he convinced the people of Rome to believe that the killing of Caesar was unjustified. Mark Antony undeniably delivered the most motivating speech …show more content…
Brutus told the crowd “I did love Caesar, but I loved Rome more.” He makes the crowd feel a sense of loyalty to Rome; that Brutus cares more about his country Rome-than his friendship to Caesar. He makes the crowd feel content for Caesars death since he made them think that they would be “free”. Antony tells the crowd “Caesar was my friend faithful and just to me.” Antony makes the citizens of Rome express sympathy him; he lost his best friend Caesar. They were close friends and Antony openly supported Caesar; this is why it was easy for him to make crowd feel pity. While Antony and Brutus both gave uniquely understanding speeches the crowd gives them both very different reactions. So even after trying their best there isn’t a victor but, it supports both messages they convey later …show more content…
Brutus claimed to the people of Rome that they would “…die all slaves” if they were still under Caesar’s rule. Brutus truly believed that Rome’s republic was falling apart because of Caesar’s near dictator rule, and was worried that if Caesar were to become a dictator that he would take away peoples rites. Brutus tells this belief to the crowd; that Caesar’s rule over the people would lead to slavery not a better republic. Antony then disregards this statement by telling the crowd that Caesar was a great ruler, and that he cared for his people and even reminded the crowd “You all did love him once, not without cause:” Antony reminded the citizens of Rome that Caesar was not a dictator, but that the people of Rome loved him because he was an outstanding leader. Antony’s main point was that he wasn’t a ruler, and that everyone loved Caesar moments before and then after Brutus spoke they all suddenly forget about Caesar remarkable traits; that they turned there backs on Caesar for no good reason at all? Antony won logos by appealing to the crowd by making them rethink why they were mad at Caesar, and redirecting their anger at Brutus. Mark Antony won over the crowd through his exceptional choice of words usage of verbal irony, pathos, and logos. Even though he had the advantage of speaking after Brutus he knew exactly what to say in order to get the citizens of Rome on his side. All the while Brutus ran away silently admitting

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