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Consider the characters of Brutus and Antony from as many angles as possible indicating how the language used helps to convey a particular impression of them.

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Consider the characters of Brutus and Antony from as many angles as possible indicating how the language used helps to convey a particular impression of them In this essay I will be writing about the two main characters in the William Shakespeare play "Julius Caesar" which are Brutus and Antony. The two characters are complete opposites, Brutus is a "honourable man" who is driven by his patriotism and good nature, while Antony is a cruel man led by spite and jealousy. Their attitudes and how others see them is a very important part of this play. People judge each other in the first fifteen seconds of meeting the main attributes a person is judged on is appearance, actions, wealth etc. Throughout the play Brutus is seen as honourable especially when others are talking about him for example when he addresses the crowd after he has killed Caesar who was seen as the greatest ever rulers of Rome the crowd see why he had done such a thing and didn't question it. "let him be Caesar" Antony, who uses his cunning to sway the crowd, changes their opinion. ...read more.

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He says "Kneel not, gentle Portia." This shows he doesn't want her to beg because she is worth more than that. This is shown in the language in the following quote. He thanks God to have a wife like he does yet she doesn't know that he can't tell her for her own good. "O ye gods. Render me worthy of this noble wife." Antony doesn't have a wife, the language in the next quote describes how Antony has many 'friends' and how he is the opposite to Brutus because he is always out and about and is a bit of a player. This is a quote from when Caesar tells Antony that he is weary of Cassius because "He loves no plays, As thou dost Antony; he hears no music; Seldom he similes," Brutus is an older man, wise, deep, serious and a man of thought. He thinks before he acts and when he does he normally always has a good reason to do so. For instance when the others conspirators want Cicero to join the conspiracy, Brutus again uses his power to overrule them saying "O name him not; let us not break with him; for he will never follow any thing That other men began" Brutus is reasonable. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows Brutus would rather fight then die in unnecessary battle it shows he is wise and thinks before he acts. Cassius also tells Antony what he thinks of him, however, he says it to insult him but he doesn't think it can be really true, but it is. "Antony, The posture of your blows are yet unknown; But for your words, they rob the Hybla bees, And leaves them honeyless." Another quote that shows Antony enjoys his life too much and is always out, but this time he is scolded by Cassius for being like this. "A peevish schoolboy, worthless of such honour, Joined with a masker and a reveller." The language used by Cassius suggests that Antony is immature. Antony changes in the novel the turning point being the murder of Caesar, before the murder he enjoys life. "Given too sports, wildness and much company." And "not gameson like Antony." After the murder he takes on a more serious role and becomes ruthless and passionate. That is why he is happy to condemn his nephew. He turns from a nice athlete to a ruthless thug. Brutus Antony Stoic (calm-uncomplaining) Epicurean (someone who enjoys delicate food and wine.) Honourable Dishonest Kind Cruel Unselfish Man of loose morals Deep serious-man of thought Cunning Indifferently to amusement Lively spirit ...read more.

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