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    Why is Antony a more effective speaker than Brutus?

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    He is also very careful and manipulative with his speech as he makes sure that he is able to go on with it long enough to sway the public's opinion towards him. Antony effectively uses repetition in his speech. Constantly he mentions Brutus to be an 'honourable man.' By repeating Brutus to be honourable, as the plebeians are convinced he is, Antony is able to make it sound worthless as it begins to sound tiresome and so causes the plebeians to question Brutus nobility.

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  2. Comparison of Shakespeare's presentation of Antony and Brutus

    This line said by Brutus just proves that he is not the kind of person inclined to make merry. There is also a sense of jealousy here at the very end when he mentions that Antony is. The reason Antony enjoys partying is because he is an Epicurean and he enjoys life and its luxuries. This is seen by the line 'See, Antony, that revels long a-nights' that Caesar says to Antony when Antony walks in late to Caesar's house before having to go to the Capitol with him.

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  3. Julius Caesar Essay

    - This statement means Brutus does not think it is necessary to kill Antony and he thinks that without Caesar, Antony is powerless. He also says, "If he love Caesar, all that he can do is to himself: take thought, and die for Caesar." (2.1.186-187) - This statement means Brutus thinks the only thing Mark Anthony will be able to do is to hurt himself and wouldn't have the courage to take revenge from the conspirators. This is where his bad decisions start and have some bad consequences.

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  4. How justified was the murder of Caesar?

    Brutus Because of his integrity ("I love - the name of honour more than I fear death") and noble reputation as "the soul of Rome" who "sits high in all the people's hearts", Brutus's support is essential to the conspirators in order not to be accused of self-interest in killing Caesar. Previously a supporter of Pompey, he was pardoned and became a close friend of Caesar ("Caesar's angel" according to Antony), however he now sees Caesar as a threat to his Republican idealism.

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  5. I will look at how the supernatural affects the play and how Caesars influence was too strong even after he died.

    This is until Decius enters and tells him the interpretation of the dream is wrong, he does to make him go as Decius wants Caesar dead. Caesar then decides to go to senate. This show he is easily manipulated and thinks higher of Decius view rather than Calphurnia as after Decius has given his interpretation of the dream he says to Calphurnia," How foolish did your fears seem now Calphurnia! I am ashamed I did yield to them. Give me my robe for I shall go."

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  6. Julius Caesar - Brutus

    One of Brutus' most important decisions was whether to join the conspirators in killing Julius Caesar. He did not kill out of jealousy or out of power hunger, but he felt that Caesar was a threat to Rome and must therefore be killed: "As he was ambitious, I slew him." (Act 3 Scene 2) This was both a wise and well-reasoned decision. It could be argued, however, that Brutus should not have killed Caesar as they were close and loyal friends. This questions Brutus' nobility yet it proves that Brutus even put the best of Rome before his friendships. Brutus however made the mistake of not killing Mark Anthony as well.

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  7. Compare and contrast the funeral speeches of Brutus and Antony. How would a director advise the actors on playing these roles?

    However, Antony starts his speech and goes one better and starts his speech by saying "Friends, Romans, countrymen...". The most significant word is friends, it shows how he is fond of the plebians, and that he wants to be their friends. The plebians feel surprised, and overwhelmed by this, so straight away into Antony's speech, when they were on Brutus' side just minutes before, the plebians are on Antony's side. Both of them use a rhetorical question in their speech, to challenge the plebians.

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  8. Who is the Protagonist

    In various parts of this play, Brutus is proclaimed the most honourable and noblest man of Rome. Brutus' nobility is shown throughout the play, right from the first time he appears to the last few lines. When we first see Brutus, Cassius is already all over him. We see them talk in the backstreets while the games are going on in the background. As they speak shouts and trumpets are heard and here we see Brutus' fear for the good of Rome come out already, "What means this shouting?

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  9. Julius Caesar

    When Caesar is offered the crown he denies it three times. Caesar feels it is better for Rome, even though he always wanted the crown. Another thing Caesar is liked for is his sense of leadership and his particular decision-making. People respect Caesar because some people are scared of him because of his greatness, but most just give him credit for being their leader for so long. If there was any reason not to like Caesar it would be because he acts smug at some times, and also seems very self- centered at times as well.

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  10. Compareing Mark Antony and Brutus's speech

    I will analyse the way in which they conduct their speeches and then finally compare them. Mark Antony's speech The very fist thing that we notice about this speech is that he opens with a triple of "Friends, Romans, countrymen" this is effective because it gives the crowd an extra boost of wanting to hear his speech, also it not only does this but also it flatters the audience by relating them to people of Marks friend and companion.

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  11. Brutus is a tragic hero because he is the character that made an error of judgment and brought on a tragedy. In the beginning he was a benevolent person and a good friend of Caesar.

    The people of Rome, however, led by a friend of Caesar named Marc Antony, ran the conspirators out of town for doing such a tedious deed. After this, Antony and Brutus got into a war, and Brutus ended up killing himself. Brutus is a tragic hero because he is the character that made an error of judgment and brought on a tragedy. In the beginning he was a benevolent person and a good friend of Caesar. His error of judgment, or mistake, was when he decided to join the conspiracy against Caesar and assassinate him.

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  12. Julius Caesar

    On Caesar's funeral Brutus does a good oration where he explains that they killed Julius Caesar "not because they didn't love him, but because they love Rome much more that him. But than Marc Antony, a real friend to Caesar, is given the opportunity to speak at Caesar's funeral as long as he accepts by Brutus' rules "not to blame him and other conspirators", to speak only good of Caesar, and to speak in the same way as Brutus went with his speech.

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  13. Explore the way Shakespeare presents the motives for Brutus to kill Caesar

    Shakespeare makes sure that Brutus is not there to see Caesar be offered the crown. This means that Casca has to tell him what happened. We believed that Casca twists the story of Caesar refusing crown, although we have no proof that Casca has twisted it we believe he does because he say Caesar would " fain have had it" but we think Caesar truly didn't want the crown. In act two; scene one Brutus is presented a man with a conscience. We believe this because he cannot sleep, 'Since Cassius did whet me against Caesar, I have not slept'.

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  14. In the year 1599 Shakespeare wrote a play called Julius Caesar.

    The first signs of suspicion and betrayal to Caesar were in Act 1, Sc 2, lines 191-213. In lines 194-194, Caesar says "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous." This shows Caesar judged Cassius correctly as Cassius was plotting and "thinking too much." However Caesar seemed unaware of the threat from the other conspirators, all of which claimed to be his friend, which meant Caesar placed his trust in them. This was to lead to his downfall.

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  15. Marcus Brutus character profile:

    We feel the nobleness and honorability in Brutus, it's a complete opposite effect we have from Cassius, who made these fake complaint letters. However, it is surprising to see a man of such great intellect fooled by a these letters. It may mainly due to the conversation; he had earlier with Cassius, which stirred a sense of fear for Caesar and his ambition for power. Once he sees the letters, he discarded any suspicions that these letters may not be the genuine, for he now had solid evidence to join the conspiracy.

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  16. Closely analyse the funeral speeches of Brutus and Marc Antony from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and then answer the following question: Why does Marc Antony prove to be the more proficient orator?

    It shows us that he is honourable and patriotic. Whereas, Marc Antony starts his list of three with "Friends". This is bringing himself down to the plebeian level and he makes the crowd feel as though he is their friend even though they are separated by status and rank. This language technique is commonly know as phatic language. It is very appealing for the plebeians to hear this. Not only does Marc Antony make the plebeians feel good about themselves by pretending to be there friend, but he also complements them: "You are not wood, you are not stones, but men."

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  17. Explain why Act 3 Scene 2 of Julius Caesar is a pivitol episode in the play.

    After Caesar is murdered, Brutus allows Mark Anthony to address the crowd at Caesars funeral. However, there is one condition, Brutus instructs Anthony "You shall not in your funeral speech blame us. But speak all good you can devise of Caesar." Anthony is allowed to say pretty much what he wants except he must not blame Brutus and the other conspirators for the death of Caesar. In Act 3 Scene 3 (the scene following on from the one in question)

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  18. Compare and contrast the speeches made by Brutus and Antony over the body of Caesar.

    part of the political process in Rome, which is a mistake of Brutus from him being under too much pressure, but the crowd are too fickle too notice this. The second way in which he addresses the crowd is by seeking silence ''hear me for my cause; and be silent.'' The third way was a reference to a pause ''I pause for a reply.'' Antony in his speech calls the crowd Romans and friends to get the crowd to listen to him in the same way that Brutus did to bring the crowd over to his side so that they'd listen to him.

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  19. Does Julius Caesar suggest that Shakespeare agreed with the Lord Bishop of Winchester?

    This shows that he had the power and respect of the people and that the people of Rome very much adored Caesar. Julius Caesar's power is not only shown on the battlefield but also in the force of his personality. In the play, Julius Caesar's personality is demonstrated as being dominant; an example of this is when Caesar gives orders to Antony to touch Calpernia, Caesars wife, after winning the race of Lupercal in order to cure her of her infertility.

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  20. In the story "Julius Caesar", Caesar is a great politician and general, a brave and fearless man.

    Marullus and Flavius hates Caesar planed to go about the city and remove any crowns that have been placed on the statues of Caesar they are been hanged to death this shows that he can do anything to the person who is against him this also shows that he is stubborn and more concerned about the public image and reputation. When we see Caesar in the festival of Lupercal, a soothsayer calls out to him from the crowd telling him to Beware the ides of March.

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  21. How much do you think Octavian's rise, up to the siege of Persia, is owing to his own merits, and how much to the merits of others?

    Caesar obviously held Octavian in the highest esteem, and in Suetonius, Augustus Ch. 8 it says, "This action delighted Caesar, who, moreover, soon formed a high estimate of Augustus' character..." His opinion of Octavian goes beyond this to that of fatherly affection. Augustus Caesar, by David Shotta, Ch. 3, "The avuncular role appears to have become more paternal" Soon after this Caesar changes his will and named Octavian as his adopted son and heir. This was vital for Octavian's rise, since without it he would never have had the opportunity to gain political power.

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  22. In the literary pieces To Kill a Mocking bird , An Enemy of the People, and Julius Caesar theauthors use crowds to develop their themes.

    This way of thinking leads to the majority always going on the same side. Anyone with a different opinion cannot speak up because nobody else will support him. All of the other people believe him wrong because they grew up thinking that their ways are correct. Thus, the majority in To Kill a Mockingbird always beat the minority because the majority's facts are based on ideas that everyone has. In An Enemy of the People, Ibsen shows that Society listens selectively. The people only want to hear what will benefit them, not considering how everybody else affected by it.

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  23. Compare and contrast the speeches made by Brutus and Anthony over the body of Caesar. Explain the ways in which Shakespeare exploits language for dramatic effect exploring the reactions both of the on stage crowd and the spectator watching the play.

    feel that he loves them more than he loved Caesar and are moved to him. Consequentially, the language Shakespeare uses here also moves the crowd watching the play. They feel he has killed Caesar for the good of Rome and even if they know that it was not for the good of Rome, the language employed has an effect so they feel that Brutus thought he was doing the right thing and so are moved to him. Anthony's speech is similar in the way that he expresses his love for Caesar but his speech is much cleverer than Brutus'.

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  24. Compare the speeches of Brutus and Antony in Act 3 scene 2 analysing the various techniques they use to persuade the crowd to their opinion. Which speech is more effective and why?

    Brutus opens leaning on the basis of patriotism and honour. His entire speech explains he loved Caesar, and that he killed him because "he was ambitious". His speech is not structured in syllables, he uses blank verse, a prose, putting his points across bluntly so the crowd understands. He uses a series of repartitions, rhetorical questions and answers. One major mistake from Brutus was that he went first, leaving a skilled speaker like Antony obvious chances to turn his own words against him.

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  25. Say why Anthony,cassius and ceasar are not noble.

    " And Cassius is a wretched creature, and must bend his body if Caesar carelessly but nod on him". It was because Brutus was so loved throughout Rome that he was vital to the plot to kill Caesar "Win the Noble Brutus to our Party" Brutus was manipulated and he joined the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar after much careful thought and manipulative flattery by Cassius. " I know the virtue in you Brutus as well as I do your outward favour".

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare Brutus and Antonys speeches in Act III Scene 2 of Julius Caesar. Analyse the dramatic effects created by Shakespeares use of language

    "Antony decided to take with him the will sealed by Caesar. The crowd are desperate to find out what the will holds. Antony refused to do this based upon moral grounds. However he hints that Caesar's riches would have benefited the empire and its citizens since they were the heirs. This is arguably what changes and helps the crowd reach their conclusion. Brutus' speech is very direct in its addressing and relies on repetition and punchy lines to gain the audiences' support. Comparatively Antony's approach is astute and sophisticated. I believe Shakespeare has written a very engaging scene by constantly swinging the audience's support between Brutus and Antony. Christy Varghese 11 T Shakespeare Coursework (Julius Caesar) 1"

  • Discuss the main Characteristics of Julius Caesar, from Shakespeares play Julius Caesar.

    "In conclusion Caesar was portrayed as a ruthless man, desperate for power. However, he was often easily manipulated due to his arrogance and over-inflated ego. He was also very good at deceiving the common people and making them believe that he was working for the greater good when really he was just working for his own personal benefit. These were the main factors in Caesars characteristics that ultimately lead to the end of his life. These are also the main characteristics that have seemed to be passed from Caesar onto Mark Anthony, turning him into a ruthless murderer desperate for power. Stuart Stephens 11D 1"

  • Julius Caesar - Compare the speaches of Brutus and Antony.

    "Although it was Antony's appeal to the crowds emotion that ultimately swayed them to his side. In conclusion, both Brutus and Antony's speeches were very important to the drama so that their audience can see how easily manipulated the plebeians were. This enables Mark Antony to move the crowd to avenge Caesar's death through civil war and finally the suicides of Brutus and Mark Antony. ADIL ELMI Page 1 5/1/2007"

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