Analysis Of Brutus And Antony's Speech

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In Brutus and Antony’s address to citizens after the assassination of Caesar, they appeal to completely different sense of citizens but each of them achieves their purposes. Brutus assuages citizens by establishing reasoning of assassinating Caesar, while Antony reveals Brutus’s dishonorable behavior in order to make citizens set fire on Brutus.
As an honorable man as well as a conspirator, Brutus informs citizen the just cause for assassinating Caesar which is the love for Rome. He compares two kinds of love in his speech, love for Caesar and love for Rome, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”. When these two loves contradict each other due to the ambition of Caesar, which in Brutus perspective, will destructs Rome, Brutus chooses to love Rome because a honorable man cares the felicity of his country, a collective of people rather than the benefit of one single powerful person. However, Brutus elevates his audience’s respect for him one step further when he asserts that “I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death”. By giving his assurance of putting the country’s good in the first place, Brutus view Caesar’s death, as well as his possible death in future as a glorying thing which highlights the worth of death. Brutus also wants to set himself as an example to imply to citizens that Caesar, Brutus and citizens are all Romans whose death is worthy and necessary for Rome. Shifting from two groups of people, citizens and Caesar when he elaborates his love theory, to one group, Romans when he discusses the value of death, Brutus’s speech convinces the audience that any Roman is obliged to sacrifice for the country and Caesar is just a person dying for Rome.
In response to Brutus’s honorable cause of assassinating Caesar, Antony gives concrete examples to defense Caesar and contrasts the misconception of Caesar to honor of Brutus in...

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