In This Scene From Act 3 Antony's Attitude Is Different Than In Later Parts Of The Play. How Are These Differences Shown And How Does This Extract Link With Other Parts Of The Tragedy "Julius Ceasar"?

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In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"; Mark Antony is one of the characters that transforms throughout the play. Antony's character changes from being the loyal friend to Caesar, to a tactful and coherent politician and then finally transforming to become the next co-ruler of Rome. This passage is one of many instances where Antony's personality changes.This excerpt is basically a build up and a taste of what to be expected and a contrast to the beginning. This passage is the first time Antony says a long paragraph and this already shows that Antony has changed from the simple sentences at the start. It not only gives hints about what the audience now expects of Antony but it also shows a totally different side about him. This extract also shows the audience of Antony's love to Caesar and how sorrowful and heart broken he is that the mighty Caesar now lies dead under Pompeii's feet.At the start of the play, Mark Antony's character is that of friend to Caesar. Antony serves under Caesar and follows his orders; "When Caesar say 'Do this!' it is performed". Antony is also youthful and a sort of "party boy". Brutus says that he lacks that "quick spirit" and "gamesome" that is in Antony. Comparing this character to the character in the passage there is a great contrast. In the beginning Antony is none other than Caesar's follower who is young at heart. He says very few words and only speaks when spoken to by Caesar. However, in the passage Antony's character is very serious and strong; "I shall not find myself so apt to die...no mean of death". He speaks what is in his heart even though there are others listening. This shows a change in Antony's personality but Antony's love for Caesar remains unaltered.Nearly immediately after this passage, Antony becomes the tactful and skillful politician. This is a new side to Antony as he was always in the shadow of Caesar. Now, the audience can witness how powerful and cunning Antony really is, as he is now centre stage with everyone: the audience and plebeians focusing on him instead of Caesar. In Antony's speech to the plebeians, he says; "I come to bury Caesar, not praise him". He then goes on to show to the people that what Brutus and the conspirators did was an unforgiving act and that these men are not noble and should be condemned. From this it can be seen that Antony's character has now fully changed and is no longer the right...

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