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


Extracts from this document...


ENGLISH COURSEWORK IF YOU WERE THE DIRECTOR OF JULIUS CAESAR; HOW WOULD YOU MAKE E FUNERAL SPEECHES MORE DRAMATIC? As every schoolboy knows, Shakespeare's play of Julius Caesar isn't a play based on reality but is a play about 'Was Brutus right to kill his beloved Caesar?' Therefore, the funeral speeches were written to allow Brutus a chance to prove that he was right to kill Julius Caesar whereas it also gives Antony the opportunity to convince the Plebeians how it was wrong to assassinate Julius Caesar. For these speeches to become livelier and not dull, this scene will be changed into a thrilling play for the spectators to watch and enjoy! Firstly, the Roman-set play has the stage picture of fruits and used objects scattered all over the floors of the closed down markets to mourn Julius Caesar's death (in other words an excuse for a holiday)! There is an elevated rectangular area in the middle of the stage and there also is a door to the elevated area. The Patricians (Antony and Brutus) have to open this door and go up a small flight of stairs to reach the top of this raised section. Here everyone all around them will see them. A red striped toga clothes these Patricians whereas the civil servants are wearing green striped togas. Dirty rags to show the audience what they earned from their worthless jobs are clothing the Plebeians. ...read more.


So as you can see from the above, colour is the outline of drama, as you can't have drama without colour. When the light is placed over the corpse, this shows hyperbole on the corpse of Julius Caesar, as it is not a traditional act to hang up a corpse just to cause the spectators to become emotional. As Brutus is reciting the second line of his speech, "Romans, countrymen and lovers!" The words they were addressed with murmurs of "us" excite the Plebeians and "he's a good man!" Are heard whispering in the background. Then he gets to the part where he explains how he loved Caesar-here a homosexual Plebeian shouts from among the audience "I love u too." Furthermore Brutus uses rhetorical questions such as "...to live all free men?" and "Who is here so base that would be a bondman?" After many rhetorical questions, Brutus pauses to make the scene more dramatic. After the corps is put in its body is in a suitable position where Brutus cannot see it so he does not have to see its significance because he doesn't know its there. Brutus is now departed and Antony can say whatever he wishes. The light above Caesar is presently shining all over Caesar and is also the cause for the long occurring stares from the Plebeians. At this stage, Brutus has finished pronouncing his mistakes-which include ordering Plebeians to listen to Antony and telling them he gave Antony permission to speak. ...read more.


Now he is on the verge of losing what he worked for with all the Plebeians ( along with the audience) shouting for the Will to be read. This is the first time in the whole scene that the main character is overtaken by all the noise around that no-one can hear his orders of "Fellow mourners- please listen to me," or "Gentles stop, I order you." Later on from this, Antony understates himself by saying "I am no orator..."I have no speech or tongue or wit to move men's hearts..." and also saying "a plain blunt man..." Antony uses the word 'stones' to describe the Plebeians as stones have no brains but are very strong and solid. The comparison made between stones and Plebeians is a very precise comparison but the only difference is that it is easier for stones to be stupid as they have no hearts- making the Plebeians very stupid when compared with stones. Finally, the last thing he uses is a rhetorical device (question) to leave that hanging in their minds, as normally the part of a speech you remember most is that part- so Antony cleverly finishes off with a rhetorical question at their leisure. When Antony leaves the elevated area and watches the Plebeians destroy everything- he reveals his true plan is working and his motive WAS to cause mischief throughout Rome in the first place! ?? ?? ?? ?? ...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 funeral speeches

    He then asks that if any of them want to be slaves, then stand up. By saying this he is challenging the plebians, and making it hard for them to disagree with him. In Antony's speech he asks "I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?"

  2. Comparison of the Speeches made by Brutus and Antony in the Marketplace

    about criticizing his actions: "Who here is so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak, for him have I offended" This question (and ones similar to it in the previous lines) put the crowd into an uncomfortable position.

  1. Discuss Shakespeare's presentation of the speeches of Brutus and Antony in Act 3 Scene ...

    They then all ran to the murderers' houses to set them on fire, but in the play, it does not show the citizens actually doing this. The crowd of citizens have a substantial effect on both the characters in the play and the audience because of their boundless eagerness to express their emotions.

  2. By comparing and contrasting the dramatic presentation of Act 3 Scene 2 in the ...

    It is all for effect, and Joseph Mankiewicz adds to this as in the film Brutus actually draws out his dagger for all to see. This shocks the crowd, but it could also be a way of regaining their attention. Brutus uses the phrase 'for the good of Rome' (L.41-42)

  1. Explain how Mark Antony was able to persuade the plebeians of Rome that the ...

    "Then make a ring around the corpse of Caesar". This is a good technique of persuasion as Antony is going down to the level of the plebeians to make it look as if they are equal. The plebeians are for this idea "You shall have leave" allowing Mark Antony to come down.

  2. Compare and contrast the funeral speeches of Brutus and Antony. How would a director ...

    Brutus asks "Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to love all free men?" He then asks that if any of them want to be slaves, then stand up. By saying this he is challenging the plebians, and making it hard for them to disagree with him.

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

    would agree for the positive points and then would consider and eventually agree to the negative. Another technique that Brutus uses is his prop, the dagger that he had killed Julius Caesar with. This would make the crowd feel guilty at the death of their leader, but also it would

  2. How does Stuart Burge's production of "Julius Caesar" dramatise the rhetorical effect of Brutus' ...

    He uses a lot of rhetorical questions. "Had you rather Caesar living and die all slaves, than Caesar dead to live all free men?" This makes the audience think more of what they want and this shows that Brutus appreciates their feelings. The way he phrases the question also makes it very hard for the crowd to

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