Overall, his speech was overkill as the common roman people tended to be uneducated changing their views on Caesars death rather quickly. On the Ides of March in 44 B. Antony was able to successfully persuade the crowd by using the rhetorical device logos. One of the most important and memorable scenes in the play is when Brutus and Mark Antony give their speeches at Caeser's funeral. When the poor cried, Caesar cried too. Antony uses his own grief along with a series of lies to remove the sympathy of the people.
The Romans burned their dead. Works Cited Bitzer, Lloyd F. Exeunt Citizens with the body. In his speech, Antony gives several examples of how Caesar was a good and honorable man and leader, then repeats that Brutus said he was ambitious. Cassius, go you into the other street, And part the numbers.
You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; This is the third time in this speech that Antony utters this refrain. Mark Antony's funeral speech: A soliloquy that changed the play of Julius Caesar. Is this merely an oratorical trick? Thanks to it, he arouses people's curiosity, without saying what the testament says : he makes a digression made of raw images, to make a strong impression. He talks about how he killed Caesar, not for his own personal want, but for the well-being of the state of Rome. In this essay I will be comparing to two, noting the key speech writing elements, and finally concluding which I think is most effective.
He would not take the crown; Did you listen to? The speech was written as a funeral speech for Diana's close family and friends, but also, more importantly, for the public, as it was broadcasted worldwide. He has an advantage over Brutus before he even speaks. They were seen as the top portion of their classes. Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious. Both men changed Rome and added to its rich and nobel history.
If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. And Brutus is an honourable man. But Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man. To that extent Antony had truth on his side, making him concrete and real rather then abstract, and with this aided in his successful victory. Because the plebians were easily swayed, Mark Antony had this opportunity. Bear back: fall back, move further away.
Third Citizen Pluck down benches. Those that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here; 5 Those that will follow Cassius, go with him; And public reasons shall be rendered Of Caesar's death. Look you here, Here is himself, marr'd, as you see, with traitors. Marc Antony is a respectable man and is himself honorable, but most importantly he has mastered the art of rhetoric. I do entreat you, not a man depart, 60 Save I alone, till Antony have spoke.
Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? Ancient biographers, Plutarch and Suetonius, give insightful glimpses into to the lives of Cato and Caesar, and what formed them into history makers. Citizens We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied. Marc Antony uses many persuasive devices such as specific evidence, verbal irony, rhetorical questioning and loaded words to anger the Roman citizens. Antony disguises his true intents in his speech, putting him at a moral high ground over Brutus. And so, Marc Antony never directly states that Brutus and the other conspirators lied about their murderous motives.
However in further investigation it is established that the speeches ultimately serve as the basis for the final outcome of the play. What do you feel is the most successful point made by Antony? Did he truly influence the course of history through his own extraordinary acts of will and leadership. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. He uses many rhetorical devices in this speech to counter the previous speech and persuade the crowd that the conspirators who killed Caesar were wrong. Let not a traitor live! They that have done this deed are honourable: 210 What private griefs they have, alas, I know not, That made them do it: they are wise and honourable, And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you. The most striking of Shakespeare is his command of language. It is based on the life and after life of the great roman leader, Caeser.