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As a theatre director, how would you advise the actor playing Mark Antony to play his part in Act 3 scenes 1 and 2?

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Julius Caesar Coursework As a theatre director, how would you advise the actor playing Mark Antony to play his part in Act 3 scenes 1 and 2? In order to direct the actor playing Mark Antony the first issue we should tackle is his state of mind. After receiving the news that Caesar has been assassinated; the most powerful man in Rome, next in line to become emperor, he should be devastated that he lost a friend, but also very cautious as to what might happen next. He meets the conspirators in the senate house, where the assassination took place. When he confronts Caesar's corpse he must not put himself in a weak position, he wants to be able to see all the conspirators and keep a safe distance, as Antony is aware that a political advantage could be gained to become the next Caesar, if he is not too closely aligned with them. Antony is a strong Roman soldier; he will go in showing courage and no fear of death. When Shakespeare wrote this play he did not stick closely to the historical events but instead used history to create a play, which was entertaining to his Elizabethan audience. ...read more.

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He shouts these words to show his anger and uses a prophecy ' A curse shall light upon the limbs of men' to reflect his helplessness at not having been there to protect Caesar. Act 3 scene 2 is one of the highlights of the play. It follows the climax of Caesar's death, and a great amount of tension builds up as the crowd waits to find out if the conspirators, led by Brutus, succeed in their cause, or if they are punished for their crime. The main threat to the conspirators after Caesar's death is Antony, a very loyal friend of Caesar's. Brutus speaks first at the funeral and gives his reasons why Caesar had to be murdered ' not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.' Brutus has won the support of the crowd ' Live, Brutus! live! live!' which was his intent to begin with. Antony must convince the crowd that Caesar was not too ambitious, which was Brutus' argument for killing Caesar, but he must accomplish this indirectly. Antony is very clever in his speech, he knows he must engage the crowd's opinion and he does this by aiming his speech at the people's hearts not their heads. ...read more.

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'For when the noble Caesar saw him stab ingratitude...Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart.' The actor would appear tearful and overcome with emotion in the first part of the speech. Here finally Antony tells the truth about Brutus and his betrayal. The words the citizens say echoes, first fears, and then revenge on the traitors. But in this case Antony calms them 'let me not stir you up' first and then seems to lack confidence saying 'I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth...to stir men's blood' but the imagery of the words he uses to say were that he Brutus and then he Antony 'would ruffle up your spirits and put a tongue in every wound of Caesar.' At this stage the actor would use his hands to point to the crowd to encourage them to respond to the rousing words 'to rise and mutiny.' This last line would be shouted in triumph. When he has finished this powerful speech and is left on the stage alone Antony says: - 'Now let it work: mischief, thou art afoot, take thou what course thou wilt!' The actor portraying Antony should smile in a self satisfied way. He is totally aware of the affect this speech had and knows that he has won the hearts of the people. Alex Coutinho 11R 1 of 3 ...read more.

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