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Brutus and Antony's speeches.

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Brutus and Antony's speeches Throughout this section of the play both Brutus and Antony make very significant speeches, which will either make them be loved or hated by the Plebeians. Obviously they need to win the crowd over and turn them against the opposition. The crowd at this point before any speeches have been made are very confused; news of their leader being killed by Brutus is filtering through the crowd. Then Brutus wants to make an announcement. They need some reassurance, as of that point they have no leader. So when Brutus starts his speech it doesn't take a lot to sway the crowd to believe him that what he did was the right thing to do. For example he tells them 'Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.' He's saying that he did love Caesar but was prepared to kill his best friend who he loved, for the sake of Rome. He's telling the crowd that Rome will be a better place without Caesar. The crowd must now be thinking that what Brutus did was the right thing because why would he kill his best friend who he loved so much if it wasn't going to be the right thing to do for Rome. Another example of this is when Brutus says 'had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men.' ...read more.

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He then says 'Brutus says he was ambitions, and Brutus is an honourable man' observe that he doesn't say he agrees with Brutus only that that is what Brutus thinks. He makes sure that the crowd know that Brutus has said that Caesar was ambitious because he then says 'I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?' he is questioning what Brutus says he is reminding the crowd that Caesar was offered the crown three times but three times he refused it so how could he be ambitious. So is Brutus lying by saying Caesar was too ambitious and if so then why kill him. Antony also reminds the plebeians of al the good things Caesar has done for them and how much they once loved him for example 'he brought many captives home to Rome' and ' you all did love him once' he is reminding them of the love they did had for Cesar hoping that it will make them once again love him and hopefully make them turn on Brutus. He is making them feel guilty for betraying Caesar. Through out the speech Antony calls Brutus a honourable man ten times. It might seem like a complement to them but really he is saying are they really such honourable men. 'Brutus says he was ambitious and Brutus is an honourable man' Anthony says this three times he then tells the crowd that Antony couldn't have been ambitious because he refuses the crown. ...read more.

Conclusion

But still Antony says they are honourable men and goes on to praise them by saying 'they are wise and honourable' and 'I am no orator, as Brutus is' which is another lie. He is putting himself down here making the crowd feel even more sorry for him another quotation to show this is 'as you know me all, a plain blunt man', 'I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech to stir men's blood; I only speak right on.' He is telling the crowd that he is not a very good public speaking and can't stir up men's blood and that the only way he speaks is by telling the truth, which are all lies he is clearly a better orator than Brutus as the crowd are on his side. Again Antony cleverly brings up mutiny he says if he were Brutus and Brutus were Antony then he would be sure that 'Rome would rise to mutiny'. He is very careful not to say that is what he thinks should happen but of course the crowd get the idea into their heads and shout for mutiny. Just when the plebeians are about to riot Antony brings up the will and he tells them that 'to every Roman Citizen he gives, to every several man, seventy-five drachmas.' Caesar has purposely left this piece of news till last as he know it will make the crowd even more angry and feel ashamed for going on Brutus's side. ...read more.

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