Examination of the Speeches at Caesar's Funeral and Their Importance to the Play

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Examination of the Speeches at Caesar's Funeral and Their Importance to the Play

The play “Julius Caesar” was written by William Shakespeare, in the summer of 1599. During the play Brutus (Caesar’s “honourable” friend) and Antony (also Julius Caesar’s friend) attend Caesar’s funeral, after he was violently stabbed to death, by the conspirators at the senate chambers in the capitol, on the 15th March (the ides of March). Brutus was

one of his murderers, as cassius plays on Brutus’ pride to draw him into a conspiracy to death rone Caesar. Although reluctant, he eventually shows interest and soon Brutus is leading the conspirators’ effort to kill Caesar. He admits that he shares the same inner
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I imagine Caesar himself and the rest of Rome never expected such actions from him, but his speech suggests that even though he stabbed his friend in the back, he was still an “honourable man” he was honourable to his country.

Further on into his speech, Brutus told the plebeians how he honoured and rejoiced Caesar. He also explains to the silent crowd about a dagger for himself, which will be there for when Rome shall be pleased to see his death, eventually like he has Caesar’s:

“As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it, as he was valiant, I honour him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him. There are tears, for his love, joy, for his fortune; honour, for his valour; and death for his ambition”

“As I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself when it shell please my country to need my death.”

This plays on the heartstrings of the plebeians. His eloquence won over the heart of

every Roman in the throng, and making them see that he was also upset over Caesar’s death, that his murder was not because he was disliked, but because it was for the good of Rome. The emotion Brutus puts into his speech wins over them all. They forgave Brutus and even cried. In no time at all, the entire crowd had forgotten their

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