"Julius Caesar" Brutus and Mark Antony Speech Comparison Essay
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English 10 Pre-AP 1st
28 February 2013
Speech Analysis The speeches given by both Brutus and Mark Antony in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar are very persuasive to the audience that they are given to, but rhetorical devices were used in different ways in order for each to have an effect on the people of Rome. In Brutus’s speech, he uses devices such as rhetorical question and antithesis to convince the Romans that he and the conpirators did a good deed by killing Caesar. In Mark Antony’s speech, he sways them to believe that Caesar did not deserve to die, and that the conpirators were the real enemies by using rhetorical devices like rhetorical question and apostrophe. Both speeches were very…show more content…
Brutus said that they had to kill Caesar because he was ambitious. Mark Antony used questions like “You all did see on the Lupercal, that I presented him thrice a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?” and “When the poor have wept, Caesar hath cried: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?” to imply that Caesar was not ambitious at all. Mark Antony also uses apostrophe, or the turn from an audience to a specific person that is either absent or present, real or imaginary. It is used in the line “O judgement! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason” to emphesize that the Romans were foolish to listen to Brutus’s reasoning as to why the conspirators killed Caesar. The reaction to Mark Antony’s speech was more than that of Brutus’s. The citizen’s began to rally together to take down the conpirators, and vowed to kill every last one of them. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, rhetorical devices are commonly used to persuade the audience. During the speeches many devices were effectively used to convince the Romans to choose the side of the argument being presented. Mark Antony’s speech ended up being more effective than Brutus’s due to his use of pathos throughout to help his point be made that Caesar did not deserve to
In the story, Julius Caesar, two mean with two different beliefs come to the same crowd to share their story and to bring forth their cause. Both of their speeches brought passion and true conviction. Taking the crowd to all extremes, the favor was with Brutus, until Antony came to the podium. Antony’s speech swayed the crowd in such a way, the crowd turns, into a mad, chanting to kill the conspirorators.
When Brutus comes out to confront the crowd, he addresses his speech to everyone, ” Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear.”(298) When he starts his speech, and is presenting it to the people of Rome, he sounds believable, and trustworthy. He tells of that, ” Not that I lov’d Caesar less, but that I lov’d Rome more.”(298) He wants the People of Rome to know that, if this were not to happen to Caesar, “then you all will live like slaves.”(298) Caesar was ambitious and that is why he must be killed. Since he is dead you all can be freemen, Free to live your lives without Caesar, but under the control of a new leader.
In the speech of Antony he addresses the people of Rome. He defends the noble Brutus. ” Brutus is an honorable man”(300), so if he tells of Caesar being ambitious then you all should believe him. He expresses to everyone the reasons and times, “as he was ambitious”(300). Everything had a reason and truth behind it and for this is why they believed Antony. For, ” Antony himself was an honorable man”(301).
Brutus and Antony express several different points of views in there speeches, points that show a lot about their characters in the Julius Caesar. Brutus is very loyal to Rome and is an honest man. By killing Caesar and his ambitions he believes that that it will help Rome tremendously. His speeches show his honesty and his dedication to Rome. Even thogh he is dedicated to Rome, he still believes in the reasons for killing Caesar. Brutus’s speech is straight forward, he shows in his speech what he really believes inf. Antony even though he is loyal to Caesar, he is much more believable in his speech, this allows him to make the people around him to say what he wants them to say. His speech not only reflects his personality, even though loyal to Caesar, his own ambitions and actions take upon a leadership role after Caesar’s death. Antony manipulates his speech to accommodate those around him allowing others to come to the conclusion he is trying to make without being as direct as the honest and naïve Brutus. Antony is much more cunning in his speech which reflects his nature as a cunning, ambitious and intelligent character in the play.