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

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Y10EN1: Shakespeare Coursework - Anton Leacock Explain why Act 3 Scene 2 of Julius Caesar is a pivitol episode in the play. In your answer, you should refer to * The main events leadeing up to, and following on from, this scene * The context and purposes of the speeches made by Brutus and Mark Anthony * The persuasive techniques they adopt to achieve their purposes * Who is more successful and why Act 3 Scene 2 is most deffinately a pivitol episode in the play. In this essay I will be explaining why that is the case. In the previous Scene, Act 3 Scene 1, Caesar refuses to read the Soothsayer's warning. He mocks the soothsayer by saying, "the ides of March are come." This turns out to be very foolish by Caesar as, not long after this mockery, Caesar is stabbed by a group of conspirators. ...read more.

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Before allowing Mark Anthony to address the crowd, Brutus himself delivers a speech to the crowd at Caesars funeral. In his speech he also stressed that Anthony was only speaking under his (Brutus') permission. It is clear from their speeches, that Anthony and Brutus are two very clever men. Both speeches to an extent achieve their purposes. Brutus has just killed Caesar in front of the assembled citizens. The Roman citizens loved Caesar, to some Caesar was like a God. They have seen the brutal way in which Caesar has been slain and are demanding answers as to why Brutus and the other conspirators have commited such an act. Brutus' main purpose of his speech is to explain to the citizens why the murder had to happen. Brutus is known throughout Rome as a decent and honourable man, in his soeech Brutus aims to remind and confirm to the citizens of his honourable character and intentions. ...read more.

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This can be seen very clearly, if we consider the techniques of persuasion both men use in their speeches. Both men initially address the citizens with respect and by using flattery. Brutus refers to the crowd as "lovers" whilst Anthony calls them "friends" and later on, takes it one step further by addressing them as "sweet friends". By using this language to address the crowd, both men are straight away creating a special bond with the crowd. It makes the cowd think that they are loved and honoured by the persons addressing them. Brutus uses a lot of repetition. One example of this is found at the beginning of his speech where he repeats the words "believe" and "mine honour". Repetion is used to stress certain things. It also helps to make the message more memorable to the audience. In this particular example Brutus is telling the citizens to believe him because of his reputation amongst them as an honourable man. By reminding the crowd of this at such an early stage in the speech, Brutus is preparing the citizens to receive his message. ...read more.

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