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"I am no orator as Brutus is."- Do you agree with Antony's self assessment?

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"I am no orator as Brutus is."- Do You Agree With Antony's Self Assessment? This scene, the second half of the great double climax of the play, is almost entirely made up of the short speech of Brutus and the long speech of Antony. The speeches are often contrasted and it could be said that Brutus's speech appeals to reason, whereas Antony's appeals to emotion. Not only does Brutus's speech appeal to reason, but to the spirit of liberty and dignity in the crowd. Brutus's style of speech is logical, well balanced and classical. His argument is built up in clear strong lines. Antony on the other hand, moves from mood to mood, from style to style and from argument to argument, in no obvious pattern or format. ...read more.

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If we look at Brutus's opening line for his speech, "Hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear. Believe me for mine honour, and have respect for mine honour, that you may believe. Censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses, that you may better judge." Here we see Brutus's brilliance in that he doesn't merely deliver to the crowd a superficial line such as "lend me your ears", he does so much more. He talks about senses, and every part of the body, not just one like Antony. He appeals to the Roman sense of reason and flattery and asks the audience to use their own wisdom and judgment. To me, the request "lend me your ears" implies a temporary question, as if to say 'listen if you want to'. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is the final straw against the conspirators because it proves to the commoners that Caesar would have been a just ruler, and not at all ambitious, which is exactly why Brutus condoned Caesar's assassination. In conclusion, Brutus is an exceptionally eloquent speaker, and I agree with Anthony's self assessment. Antony wins the crowds attention by means of something that is not entirely genuine in that it is a very temporary moment that is quickly forgotten, even though the plebs are exceptionally fickle. Technically, Brutus is the more articulate and logical speaker, however, the power of emotional rhetoric holds its ground and considerably sways the plebs in their decision. Regardless of Antony's gift it is clear that Brutus is the better orator of the two and that is why agree with Antony's self assessment, however, I do understand why, on this occasion straight oratory was not what was required and Antony is the victor. ...read more.

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