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Compare and contrast the speeches made by Brutus and Anthony over the body of Caesar. Explain the ways in which Shakespeare exploits language for dramatic effect exploring the reactions both of the on stage crowd and the spectator watching the play.

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Compare and contrast the speeches made by Brutus and Anthony over the body of Caesar. Explain the ways in which Shakespeare exploits language for dramatic effect exploring the reactions both of the on stage crowd and the spectator watching the play. Both Brutus and Anthony speak of Caesar's honour and how much they loved him. However in Brutus's speech he then speaks of Caesar's ambition. He says that he loved Caesar but he loved Rome more, "not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more."(IIIii23) In this way Shakespeare and so Brutus manages to stir the crowd. They are all Romans and so when Brutus talks of his love for Rome being greater than his love for Caesar, the crowd (on stage) feel that he loves them more than he loved Caesar and are moved to him. ...read more.

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They are all interconnected and because of this Anthony articulates that they should love Caesar as they once did. This is contrasted with Brutus' speech where he says that he had to make a choice between Caesar and Rome but Anthony says that he didn't need to make a choice because Caesar was an honourable man whose intentions were pure. Brutus' speech and his defence of Caesar's death, relies heavily on Caesar's ambition and why it was a bad thing. He knows that if the crowd do not think that Caesar's ambition would have led to tyranny, then he will be charged with murder and killed. That is why he stresses it so much and at the end of the speech he compounds his sentiment by making anyone who is still unsure of Caesar's danger feel guilty. ...read more.

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In other words he is trying to remind them that it was Caesar who provided them with everything they love and everything they worship. They should be thankful to Caesar not happy at his untimely murder by some misguided conspiracy. This moves the crowd because they are so fickle that when Anthony reminds them of what Caesar has done for them, they immediately support him again. The crowd watching the play would see Caesar as a clever and generous man but this part is mainly to show how fickle the crowd are and that will become very important later on in the play when Anthony's speech actually incites the citizens of Rome into a civil war and it is their preference of speaker that decides which side they are on. ...read more.

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