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Essay on Julius Caesar In which way does Marc Antony's speech sway the crowd? In Shakespeare's plays we can see how useful is the utilization of words. Certainly it was and it is very important to have this "gift" because this was the only mean to make people believe in you. In the play Julius Caesar, we could indicate that Antony carries one and he makes use of it to apply them within a large number of people. Sometimes we can have different opinions about how people thought and they way their characters were to be persuade by a man. But it is a fact that when you are in the middle of a crowd and the majority of them agree what the man is saying, you are carried by this emotion and agree too. An example of this is when Brutus comes out and gives a speech to the people to convince them that the killing of Caesar had to be done. With the words, the people are convinced that although Caesar was valiant, fortunate and many other things, he was ambitious; therefore he had to be assassinated. ...read more.


So he has to use words very carefully and make sure that the mob agrees with him. In a moment, he says to them "I must pause until it come back to me". This pause is a test of the strength of his position, fortified by a show of emotion. Now Antony can proceed with a confidence he has earned. However still his grief is genuine, in certain times he is acting and not acting to demonstrate what he wants to transmit to the people. In the first intervention of the plebeians they agree that Caesar was not an ambitious man and someone should abide (pay the consequences) for this. Surely now, the trust has been gained by the mob to Antony. It is important to remark that they feel bad for Antony and try to see him as the noblest man of Rome. This is the point where we can certainly realize that the complete reliance has been gained to Marc Antony. The prolongation of his speech refers Caesar's death as a mutiny and rage that makes the plebeians feel more into it and defend what has been done. ...read more.


The plebeians could feel this and had to honour him as he did to them. For this, they would burn his body in a holy place with the brands fire the traitors' houses. Seeing all this speech and analysing each part we can realize several things. First of all it is impressive how the mob can change the way of thinking in a very radical way by hearing two speeches that talk differently to each other. This crowd is simply controlled by words and in whose it sounds more reliable. Secondly we could see the brilliant performance of Antony in his speech. It is really very brilliant in how this man uses words and plays with the mob as he wants, but in a very careful way. Finally, there is a very clear picture in how Rome and their rulers worked together. If the Roman people agreed of what was said, they would support or otherwise not. So, the vast majority of decisions were to be passed through the people and see their reaction. It is important to remark that these were uneducated people and they were easy to fall for any story but this doesn't makes Antony's speech a less remarkable one. Andres Arenas S3L1 ...read more.

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