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Mark Antony´S Loyalty In Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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What is loyalty? Loyalty means being faithful to one’s own country, ideals, and friends. Loyalty is illustrated as Mark Antony in this The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. This play, which was set in 44 B.C., was written by William Shakespeare in 1599. “I shall remember: When Caesar says “Do this,” it is performed.” (l.ii.9-10). Mark Antony also changed his party and completely devoted himself to Caesar when Rome split into two factions; the aristocrats supporting Pompey or the republic and the populous or imperialist left seeking the help of Caesar. Mark Antony devoted and risked his own life for Julius Caesar. His loyalty might have blinded him from Julius Caesar’s perception of his being a ...view middle of the document...

Mark Antony believed Caesar had the abilities to speak reality into existence. This attribute is later extended to Octavius when Antony refers to him as Caesar. Saying that when Julius died Caesar was a title rather than a proper name, similar to the way the name pharaoh means god/king in Egypt. Mark Antony in the beginning of this play is shown as a noble, life-loving, obedient friend of Julius Caesar. After seeing the bloody corpse of his best friend, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony turned into a destructive, hate-filled man hell bent on revenge.
Although he saw Caesar as a noble Roman and often referred to him as “Caesar my Lord”; the rest of the characters that are known as the conspirators, and did not see Caesar as a noble roman. Chief of which were Cassius and Brutus. Cassius ,whose motives may have seemed political were at heart fueled by the pure hatred and resentment of Caesar’s power.Brutus’ motives on the other hand were politically motivated. Brutus believed that what he did was for the good of Rome. They saw Julius Caesar as a man trying to rise to power and be a dictator. Despite the fact, Mark Antony offered a crown to Julius Caesar on three different occasions, he rightfully declined the crown every time. Mark Antony was sure to remind the conspirators of this act during his eulogy. Mark Antony was never aware of the conspirators plot to assassinate Julius Caesar. He even gave them a chance to justify their actions in the assassination of Julius Caesar. Antony even shook all of the assassins hands after seeing the corpse of Julius Caesar. This act ;however, was just a facade.“O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!” (lll.i.289-271). Antony asked to speak at Julius's funeral service ,which Brutus allowed. This was one of the turning points in Antony’s personality ”Cry “Havoc!”...

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