• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How Mark Anthony would say his speech in Act 3 Scene 1 and 2 because of his relationship with Julius Caesar and his knowledge of the main perpetrators Brutus and Cassius

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Mark Anthony would say his speech in Act 3 Scene 1 and 2 because of his relationship with Julius Caesar and his knowledge of the main perpetrators Brutus and Cassius Mark Antony reveals his true feelings while acting act 3 scenes 1 and 2;he uses many rhetorical devices while orating his speech. In this essay I will try to demonstrate how he would do this. But before you understand how he acts you have to know why he acts like this. Antony, a loyal friend of Caesar's, wants to show Brutus and the conspirators for what they really are: nothing but savage murderers who killed Caesar out of spite and jealousy and not for the good of Rome. He owed it to Ceasar and made a pact with him to do so. For when he shook each of the conspirator's hands in turn he was shaking the bloodied hands from Ceasar and thus making the pact with Ceasar not his murderers. By doing this, Antony hopes the fickle mob will turn into a bunch of irate that will settle for nothing less than the revenge and deaths of the conspirators. As they do by the end "And with the brands fire the traitors' houses." In Mark Antony's Speech, Antony confronts a crowd that is against him and on the side of the conspirators who just killed Caesar. ...read more.

Middle

The way Antony speaks of it makes the crowd look bad for ever being on the side of the conspirators and this causes the powerful emotion of grief to kick in so a certain amount of the aggression has to be directed at the crowd but not enough to anger the crowd and drive them against him. Rhetorical questions are utilized in the speech and help the unjustifiable excuses of the conspirators become clear. The rhetorical appeals, pathos, Caesars love for his country and them, and ethos, used in Antony's speech, turn the crowd to the side of Caesar. An example of Caesars' love of country is "He hath brought many captives home to Rome." By saying this, Antony proves that Caesar did many things for his country and not all for himself, so the actor would be saying it as if one friend is reminiscent to the other about 'the good old day' and appealing to their emotional side and their good memories of Caesar. This also refutes Brutus' idea that Caesar was ambitious. Antony also makes the crowd feel pity by means such as; "If you have tears, prepare to shed them now," he says this slowly and caringly for them like a mother to their child. In saying this, Antony gets to the emotional side of the crowd. ...read more.

Conclusion

Antony did want to steal their hearts and uses this to make the crowd more at ease. He wanted to change their minds about the conspirators. Antony uses irony in his speech and it helps the crowd understand and see his viewpoints. Through this use of rhetorical questions, appeals, and irony, Antony does turn the crowd against the conspirators. This shows the effectiveness of the way he used these devices. In persuading the crowd to be on Caesar's side, Antony displays the power of these rhetorical devices. "Belike they had some notice of the people, how I had mov'd them. Bring me to Octavius." when he says this he is being ironic to the extreme with half a smile on his face and a very self-satisfied look on his face. In Conclusion Mark Anthony's speech is a very hard speech to act due to the fact of the complexity of his orating which he used in a better way then Brutus, simply by talking to them on their level not his, which simply confused them. So Their were many different ways Antony could say his speech but I think in this essay I have captured the true nature of how he would say the most important lines and also why he would say them in such a way, using irony, rhetorical questions, pathos, his and Caesar's ethos and appealing to both their emotions and their reason. Liam Keenan 10s ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Julius Caesar section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Julius Caesar essays

  1. Julius Caesar - How does Shakespeare use the events, themes and language present in ...

    Brutus shows how persuasive and manipulating he can be. Brutus then addresses the crowd by asking for a reply, he says in this extract; "Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak, for whom I have offended.

  2. Julius Caesar- Mark Antony speech - Analysis

    / Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?'. 'But' signals a shift in the argument. Antony mentions Brutus's honourable nature so that what he and the conspirators did would not seem honourable, and sounds sarcastic. In addition the statement about Brutus has a certain patterning, as first he states that Brutus says he was ambitious and he is

  1. Compare the speeches of Mark Antony and Brutus in 'Julius Caesar'.

    His use of irony would have been recognised by the more intellectual of the crowd now, his way of thinking in common with Brutus is starting to rub off on the mob. He continues 'He hath brought many captives to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.'

  2. Examine all the soliloquies spoken by Cassius, Brutus and Mark Antony.

    inside, by the way he addresses matters and by the way he talks. As in the conversation between Brutus and Cassius, just before this soliloquy, we now see hints of jealousy and hatred. In most of what Cassius says we can see a hint of hatred towards Caesar.

  1. Explore the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1 of Julius Caesar.

    "Why, there was a crown offered him, and being offered him he put it by with the back of his hand thus, and then the people fell a-shouting." Caesar didn't accept the crown, not because he didn't want to become King, but he was manipulating the crowd.

  2. Refer to Act 1 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 4 Scene ...

    'Help me Cassius, or I sink.' Cassius tells Brutus that Caesar could not swim through this river and begged him to save him. 'And this man/ Is now become a god, and Cassius is/ A wretched creature, and must bend his body; Cassius mocks Caesar and tries to make Brutus

  1. Refer to Act 1 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 4 Scene ...

    He makes Caesar seem foolish because he challenged Cassius to a race and then had to be saved from drowning. This makes Brutus feel stronger than Caesar. Cassius is very crafty and expertly slips in phrases about Caesar when he is talking to Brutus; an example of this is when

  2. What do we learn about the characters of Cassius and Brutus in these scenes, ...

    as the scene will develop that is used as a false facade to manipulate Brutus. Also, when Cassius says, "Brutus, I do observe you now of late", not many people will disagree with the fact that Cassius is inflating Brutuss` ego.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work