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Visions Of Caesar, Antony Saw Him Trueh

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When one man dies, there is grief, when a hundred men die, there is mourning, and when a man such as Caesar falls, there is chaos. In Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Caesar is a great ruler whose image is portrayed differently by Decius Brutus and Marc Antony. At the great funeral of Caesar, Marc Antony and Brutus both share their portrayals of the great ruler. Brutus displays Caesar as a ruler whose ambition clouded his judgement and made him dangerous, thus he deserved to die. Antony portrays Caesar as a noble ruler who helped Rome and was killed wrongly. Ultimately, Antony’s logical and genuine portrayal of Caesar is more legitimate than Brutus’, as shown through ...view middle of the document...

Refuting Brutus’ speech, Marc Antony gives a passionate oration of his belief that Caesar is a noble man who has done no wrong, and the Brutus’ accusations of Caesar are falsehoods. In his funeral oration, Antony counters Brutus’ claim of Caesar’s ambition, stating that “The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious, if it were so, it was a grievous fault, and grievously hath Caesar answer'd it” (3.2.1621-1623). Antony recounts how Caesar was not ambitious, as he thrice refused the crown on the Lupercal. If Caesar was a ruler whose judgement was clouded by ambition, as Brutus believes he is, he would have accepted the crown Antony offered to him. Antony further solidifies Caesar’s legitimacy by reading the will of Caesar to the crowd. Here, Caesar’s generosity is demonstrated as in his will he offers seventy five drachmas to each citizen of Rome : furthermore he offers all of his private lands as recreational parks. If Caesar was an ambitious, arrogant, tyrant, he would not have made such an offer to the population of Rome. Instead, Caesar is a generous leader who cares for the people of his city, from the poor to the wealthy.Antony shows that Caesar is not ambitious dictator that he is according to Brutus, and he wins the support of the crowd with his logical and accurate viewpoints.
As he is portrayed in the play, Julius Caesar is true to the viewpoints of Antony, and he does nothing that could be considered even remotely tyrannical. During Caesar’s first public entrance on the Lupercal, Caesar is bid a preposterous warning by a soothsayer to “Beware the Ides of March” (1.2.103). Caesar ignores the soothsayer and his warning, not out of tyranny or arrogance, but out of sheer disbelief at such an absurd and...

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