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Compare the style and impact of Brutus and Antony’s orations in Act 3 Scene 2 of “Julius Caesar”.

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Salmaan Bhutta 10.1 English literature coursework Julius Caesar The Question Compare the style and impact of Brutus and Antony's orations in Act 3 Scene 2 of "Julius Caesar". The answer Julius Caesar is a play written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1596 and 1599ad. The play is set in ancient Rome and starts just after Caesars return from defeating Pompey. Cassius leads some other patricians in a plot to kill Caesar. They plan this because they feel Caesar is becoming too ambitious and fear for the good of Rome. Cassius gets Casca, Cinna, Trebonius, Mettellus Cimber, Decius Brutus, Cauis Ligarius and the almighty Brutus together. They go to kill Caesar but decide not to kill Antony. They all decide to stab him in the Capitol. After this Brutus and Cassius go to the pulpits to explain themselves and convince the people of Rome that this was good for them. Antony then comes to speak but he doesn't want to convince the crowd he wants to stir up resentment and hatred against the conspirators so they are compelled to kill them. In this essay I will be comparing the style and impact of Brutus and Antony's speeches in the pulpit. I will compare them by looking at the tone, language, the effect on the crowd, the effect on the audience and what is revealed about the characters of the speakers. ...read more.

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O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts". After this he describes the murder so becomes very passionate "And as he plucked his cursed steel away, Mark how the blood of Caesar followed it". He becomes very disingenuous saying, "I am no orator as Brutus is" It seems Antony then should become more and more enraged but manages seems to keep control and just make the crowd become enraged. The next comparison point is the affect on the crowd that each speaker has. At the beginning of the scene the crowd are hungry for reasons to Caesar's death and are in a raucous mood. The affect Brutus has is to calm them down and explain the reasons "I loved Rome more" He is trying to appeal to their common sense. This is a bad idea by Brutus because it becomes obvious later in his speech that they have no common sense. I am referring to when the crowd offer Brutus the very thing he killed Caesar for they ironically offer Brutus the crown. "Let Caesars better parts be crowned in Brutus" If the affect on the crowd were like a pop concert Brutus would be a support group brought in to warm up the crowd for the superstar performer, Antony. This is effectively what Brutus does he just gets them ready and calms them down a bit for Antony. ...read more.

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This also shows Brutus' over confidence in himself and the crowd. He thinks he will tell the crowd what he has to and they will respect him and that will be it. I think the reason this is undone by Antony and the final revelation about Antony is he has the common touch. He can relate to the plebeians, which means they can relate to him, which means they are more likely to respond to him. Personally I agree with the statement that Antony's speech is the best speech written by Shakespeare. Well definitely so far from the Shakespeare I have read. His speech is far better than Brutus' as far as language, tone; affect on the crowd and affect on the audience are concerned. The language his use of imagery and honourable to a negative effect seem infinitely better than Brutus' use of honourable to remind everyone he's Brutus. In tone Antony's manipulation and suspense add drama and intrigue after a rather dull boring speech by Brutus. I didn't think it was really fair to compare Brutus' speech to Antony's as far as affect on people. Whether it is the crowd or audience Antony totally turns them round to his view or the way he wants them to be. That's not to say Brutus' oration didn't have good bits like his tone to calm and language to remind. But if put on a scales I think they would tip heavily towards Antony's side on good point. ...read more.

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