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Discuss Brutus' and Marc Antony's characters

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In this essay I am going to be writing about Brutus's and Marc Antony's characters. Brutus is a honest, noble and selfless. Antony is ambitious, devious and uses his speech to cancel out Brutus's speech. I am also going to be looking at their speeches and what devices they use. Brutus and Casseus work together with conspirators to kill Caesar. Caesar had good idea, which would work, but Brutus goes against him, thinking his tactics our good enough. Brutus is killing Caesar for the good of Rome, he knows that Caesar WILL OVERPOWER Rome and be too ambitious. Analysis of characters Brutus is an orator. Antony makes this clear by telling the crowd that he is "no orator as Brutus is". He can manipulate the crowds, because after his speech, the crowds cheer him. He does this by using rhetolical questions: "who is here so rude/ that would not be a Roman". By using the word "rude" nobody is going to object, or say anything. Secondly, I will note some of Brutus' negative points. The first point is that he is easily manipulated. We know this because Cassius makes him join the conspirators. This is quite strange, as Brutus was a good orator himself. He is decribed as a traitor by Mark Antony: "more strong than traitor's arms". ...read more.

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Antony uses other clever techniques that help win over the Plebeians. He knows that hardly any of the Plebeians will be very well educated, so instead of appealing to their intellect, he decides to appeal to the one thing that he could be sure that they did have, emotion. He decides that he should try and be passionate, and make the Plebeians morn the death of Caesar (after all, it was a funeral!). Antony does this through several different ways. At the end of his first speech, Antony says: "O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason! Bear with me,My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me." This would have been acted out on stage by a tearful Antony, who would be trying to continue his speech and not start crying out loud. This make the Plebeians feel sorry for Antony and it reminds them about Caesar and his good qualities. The affect of Antony crying also seems to dampen the mood in the crowd, so the whole crowd would probably be standing in silence, thinking about the decision that they have just made to follow Brutus. This would also allow Antony to pause and access the mood of the audience, gather his thoughts, and decide whether to pursue his strategy. ...read more.

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It's the difference between Brutus, the idealistic leader and Antony, the idealistic realistic one. Brutus misjudges the audience and addresses them as if they were well-educated philosophers. Language used by Shakespeare reveals Brutus' intellectual mind and also shows how he lacks understanding of the human natures. He addresses them as if they were equal to him in education and philosophy, "Believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that you may to believe". Comparison is clear between Brutus and Antony who touches their emotions with his words, "My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar and I must pause till it come back to me". Brutus refers to Caesar's ambition as a main cause for his assassination while Antony shows them Caesar's "will" and his wounds to inflame their feelings. I think that Brutus was right to kill Caesar. Julius Caesar was to ambitious, he was a person who when he wanted it he would get it. Brutus would of gone much further with Cassius's advice. Brutus was wrong in letting Mark Antrony speech last, even though he was only allowed to speech highly of them. He did that but he added more and twisted it so the audience thought differently. When they go to battle Brutus makes the mistake of walking write into Mark Antony and his army. If Brutus had followed Cassius's advice, they would both be alive and Mark Antony dead. ...read more.

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