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Comparison of the speeches of Brutus and Antony, after the death of Caesar.

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Rochel Beenstock Comparison of the speeches of Brutus and Antony, after the death of Caesar. In Scene 3 Antony and Brutus both make speeches to eulogize Caesar because each of them wants to sway the people on to their side. But their speeches differ. They are completely different characters. Brutus starts off his speech "Romans, countrymen and lovers..." he is trying to appeal to the public as citizens of Rome, and to remind them how proud they should be as Roman citizens. The fact that Brutus spoke first was a very big mistake on his part because if he said anything wrong then he would be in serious trouble. Brutus was one of the conspirators who assassinated Caesar and so he has to try and justify his action to the people. Brutus is respected and loved by the people and is very well known, therefore the crowd listened to him and readily agreed with him, when he tells the people "Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more." ...read more.

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He says he is an honourable man and later in the speech says Caesar's death "is envolid in the capitol" to further justify his deed. Directly after his speech the crowd hail him as a hero and the next Caesar which was not the response Brutus was looking for, nevertheless it was a positive response, however it does not mean anything as they have not heard Antony's speech yet. The crowd is fickle and inclined to agree with any good orator. Antony's speech is immensely different from Brutus'. Antony has the opportunity to speak last, so the people are more apt to agree with what he says. Brutus tries to persuade the crowd by trying to talk to them about honour, and patriotism. Antony's speech is more emotional, and sentimental speaking, 1about how much he loved Caesar and how much he loved Rome, and therefore it was a more powerful speech and stirs the crowd more. Mark Antony's speech focuses on Caesar's positive qualities, and he slyly disapproves Brutus' justification for killing Caesar. We can see that Antony's speech is written in verse, showing more thought and planning than Brutus' speech. ...read more.

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Brutus plays a defensive role whereas Antony uses a prosecuting manner, stealthily undermining Brutus. Antonys speech is much longer and finally we realise its purpose, "Mischief, thou art afoot, take thou what course thou wilt!" The idea that Brutus can justify his action to the crowd, who affectively act as judge and jury, seems strange to us. Antony does not openly seek to avenge Caesars death or boldly ask for justice yet subtly that is exactly what he manages to do. As he shows the will, the people get more eager and impatient to read it. Both orators are just, and admirable. This is proved by Brutus allowing to Antony to speak, and for such a long time. Antony shows Brutus' good character at the end of the play. We know Brutus only acted for the peoples good and Antony also. A pity the men ended up conflicting each other. Both of them use repetition effectively, such as honour; Caesar loved him; and ambition. Both of them spoke well, but Antony stirs the crowd more being that he was the last to speak, and the crowd listened to him more. ...read more.

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