William Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar Essay

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In Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar, Marc Antony had the herculean task of turning the Roman population against Brutus and the other conspirators. To do this, Antony needed to follow up Brutus ' powerful oration with a short, supervised speech. Still, in little time Antony had turned the tides and had the Plebeians on his side. He had used certain devices in his speech, several of which include equalization, repetition, emotion, humility, irony, inflation, and anticipation, to aid in his success. Antony 's strategies worked like a charm, and even before his funeral oration had finished he and the conspirators all knew who had the upper hand. These seven devices were the keys to Marc Antony 's success.
To begin, the first words out of Marc Antony 's mouth when he stepped up to the pulpit were "Friends. Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears!" In this simple phrase, he levels the crowd. In reality, those watching are not his friends. In fact, it is possible that they are not even all Roman citizens. Yet, in saying what he did, he made them feel like his equals and each others ' equals. In fact. throughout Antony 's oration he continuously refers to the crowd as "gentle friends," at one point even asking their permission to leave. On the contrary, Brutus had never done such a thing. When Brutus spoke, it was evident that he was of a higher rank than the countrymen. By comparison, Antony was immediately more relatable and more accessible to the crowd. He made the Plebeians feel as…

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