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Compare and contrast the qualities and/or faults of Mark Anthony and Brutus in the aftermath of Caesar's death.

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Compare and contrast the qualities and/or faults of Mark Anthony and Brutus in the aftermath of Caesar's death. In the immediate aftermath of Caesar's death, Mark Anthony sends a servant to Brutus with a message asking for 'vouchsafe that Anthony May safely come to him' without being killed. This shows that Mark Anthony believes that Brutus is noble and will keep his word and Mark Anthony trusts it. Brutus, naively, is quick to accept Mark Anthony as a friend saying, 'I know that we shall have him well to friend' indicating his lack of judgement because he feels that Mark Anthony will understand the reasons behind Caesar's murder. Brutus believes that Mark Anthony's love and loyalty for Caesar is outstripped by his love for Rome. Mark Anthony tries to convey this feeling when he praises Brutus by building up his trust and support. The audience know that Mark Anthony is not genuine in his support towards Brutus when he praises Caesar showing that he is still loyal to Caesar hinting at his mixed intentions. 'Brutus is noble, wise, valiant, and honest; Caesar was mighty, bold, royal, and loving'. ...read more.


and Brutus agrees that Mark Anthony is his friend and lets him speak at Caesar's funeral: 'you shall, Mark Anthony'. He wishes to speak at Caesar's funeral in order to convince the plebeians that Caesar's murder was wrong and to get revenge on Brutus. 'And Caesar's spirit, raging for revenge, With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.' He also shows he wants to split Rome up: 'That mothers shall but smile when they behold: That infants quartered with hands of war' Illustrating Mark Anthony's basic intentions to get rid of the conspirators shown by the speech given. Mark Anthony speech is more effective in many ways. One thing that makes it more effective is that Mark Anthony has Caesar's body, dripping with blood because of the many wounds he has suffered, which he shows to the crowd. Brutus gives abstract ideas and reasons like: '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'. ...read more.


This sways the more because it makes them think that Caesar has left money for them. ''Tis good, you know not that you are his heirs.' Thirdly, Mark Anthony infers bad things about the conspirators. He keeps repeating that Brutus is a honourable man. This makes it hollow. 'Yet Brutus says he is ambitious And Brutus is an honourable man.' Mark Anthony also puts ideas into the minds of the plebeians by using reverse psychology: 'In every wound of Caesar, that should move The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.' [Plebeians] We'll mutiny'. This shows that he is manipulating the crowd. The effectiveness proliferates because Mark Anthony's speech is after Brutus' speech and so Mark Anthony can counter all of the points Brutus made. He also shows emotions of his loyalty to Caesar by crying and so pausing in his speech to allow what was said to the plebeians sink in. 'And men have lost their reason! Bear with me, My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar And I must pause 'til it comes back to me.' So, because of Mark Anthony ability to manipulate and persuade gave him the advantage over Brutus because he was able to use these qualities to sway the crowd. ...read more.

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