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Marc Antony’s Speech @ Caesar’s Funeral

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In Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, Caesar’s closest friend, is gravely underestimated. Other characters, such as Brutus, failed to understand him and didn’t seem to take him seriously. They also assumed that he would take part in the conspiracy against Caesar. They truly belittled him. Loyal and admirable, Marc Antony demonstrated a strong sense of justice to take revenge against the conspirators of Caesar’s assassination.
Marc Antony asked to speak at Caesar’s funeral, and Brutus only allowed to do so on certain conditions. Conditions were that Brutus would speak first and Antony would speak immediately after. Antony needed to also not blame the conspirators for anything ...view middle of the document...

Basically, he said his death was necessary, proving his point of “not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (Act III.Scene II.20-22). Brutus ended his prose speech like that because the Plebeians were swayed towards whatever was told to them, just as Caesar himself said in Act I.
Brutus was clearly overmatched at Caesar’s funeral. The imprudence led Brutus’s prose speech at the beginning to be shot down by Antony’s 37 lines of verse, a powerful thematic speech incorporating rhetoric and theatrics to stir up the crowd. Quite dexterous for a man who claimed to deny any ability to stir men’s blood.
Antony does not praise Caesar, as Brutus said to. But instead he used his prime weapons at the beginning of the speech. Four times in the speech, he applies emphasis on the same two lines: “Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; and Brutus is an honourable man.” (Act III.Scene II.80-116). Antony uses both terms in uncertainty regarding Caesar, while asking rhetorical questions like, “Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?”, (Act III.Scene II). Antony uses words like ambitious and honourable in an accelerating manner, in an intonation that soon hits base with the crowd, increasing doubt against Brutus in the crowd’s mind. He shows that Brutus being such an honourable man, would know what he was saying when he claimed that Caesar was ambitious. Yet Brutus...

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