Julius Caesar Comparative Essay: Mark Antony And Marcus Brutus

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, is a tragic drama that takes place in the 1st century BC in Rome, Italy. The play covers events surrounding and including the death of Julius Caesar. Mark Antony is his trusted friend and supporter. Another friend of Caesar, but much less of a supporter, is Marcus Brutus, who is a leader of the conspiracy against Caesar. While Antony and Brutus are both friends of Caesar, other character traits including courage, loyalty, and sincerity set them apart from each other.Antony and Brutus are both admirably courageous. It took great courage for Brutus to kill Caesar, for he was his best friend. He shows the complications in the ...view middle of the document...

Throughout the play, Brutus remains solely loyal to Rome, while Antony's loyalty gradually shifts. At first Antony is loyal to Caesar; but he is an opportunist, and soon becomes more concerned with himself. Brutus' devotion to Rome even causes him to kill for the great city. In his speech to the plebeians, Brutus states, "Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more" and "I slew my best love for the good of Rome" (p.405). As Antony is speaking with the conspirators after Caesar's death, he continually looks at and talks to the body, calling it "the ruins of the most noble man\That ever lived" (p. 403). After Caesar is out of the way; however, Antony sees an opportunity to become leader himself. As mentioned before, Antony plans to kill off Lepidus (p. 414). This shows how Antony wants all the power to himself, as he has "seen more days" (p. 414) than Octavius, and therefore feels superior to him. Brutus, on the other hand, never wanted to be the leader of Rome; he only wanted to save it from poor rule. Regarding the assassination of Caesar, he says to the plebeians, "I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death" (p. 405). Brutus has noble loyalty to his city and country, while Antony becomes selfishly loyal to himself as soon as the opportunity arises.Sincerity is a trait that differs between Antony and Brutus. When Antony mourns the body of Caesar, he is thoroughly sincere; however, when he talks to Caesar's killers, he is thoroughly insincere. He says to the body,"Shall it not grieve you dearer than your deathTo see your Antony making his peace,Shaking the bloody fingers of your foes,Most noble, in the presence of your corpse?" (p. 402)Yet he calls the men "gentlemen" (p. 402) and "friends" (p. 403). Brutus is always sincere with Antony. When Antony asks the conspirators why they killed Caesar, Brutus is open and honest with him: "we will deliver you the...

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