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Coursework- Brutus and Antony's Speech's

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Coursework- Shakespeare Make a detailed examination of the speeches at Caesar's funeral and consider their importance to the play. The play "Julius Caesar" was written by William Shakespeare, in the summer of 1599. During the play Brutus (Caesar's "honourable" friend) and Antony (also Julius Caesar's friend) attend Caesar's funeral, after he was violently stabbed to death, by the conspirators at the senate chambers in the capitol, on the 15th March (the ides of March). Brutus was one of his murderers, as cassius plays on Brutus' pride to draw him into a conspiracy to death rone Caesar. Although reluctant, he eventually shows interest and soon Brutus is leading the conspirators' effort to kill Caesar. He admits that he shares the same inner concern as the conspirators: "I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king" Caesar's funeral was immediately arranged by Brutus. At the funeral Brutus was the first to make his speech: "Romans, Countrymen and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear." Immediately taking the full attention of the crowd, in the role of him saying this. ...read more.

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Antony starts his speech off: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." This is similar to Brutus' introduction to his speech, however Antony addresses friends first. I think this is because Antony's views on Caesar's death were different to Brutus'. He thought that friends should come first unlike Brutus who put the welfare of Rome first, rather than his friend Caesar. What's more Antony was deeply and truly upset about the death of Caesar, which changed the moral of his speech compared to Brutus'. "Thy heart is big: get thee apart and weep: Passion I see is catching for mine eyes" Shortly after this Antony describes Brutus as "noble" and "honrable", Antony has to do this because he his speaking to the plebeians, who are now on Brutus' side: "The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious" "For Brutus is an honourable man;" Furthermore Antony addresses Brutus as "Honourable" three time since this, he his really playing to the crowd now. What's more not only does he praise Brutus, he also calls the conspirators honourable men: "All honourable men" My opinion on this is that he his being Sarcastic. ...read more.

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Overall Antony rose to deliver an even more impassioned speech, in which he defended Caesar forcefully, yet indirectly, condemned Brutus. The plebeians were so moved by his words that they turned in rage against Brutus. In effect to the play this led Brutus and his cohorts from the city, and the people to rise, causing civil war in Rome. So Brutus and Antony's speech's play a big part in the play, they stir war through Rome. In summary to Antony and Brutus'speechs they both prove to be really effective to the play. Shakespeare uses a clever devise to get his point across to the crowd without stating the obvious; his use of imagery is so effective and plays on the hearts of the plebeians during the speeches. The audience seems to be enthralled by what they were saying. The crowd shows enthusiasm to both Brutus and Antony and soon change their opinions on things after both speeches. Shakespeare is shown to be intelligent throughout the funeral scenes this must of fascinated the Elizabethans, as most were very educated and tuned in. ?? ?? ?? ?? Philippa Brookes ...read more.

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