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

In which way does Marc Antony’s speech sway the crowd?

Extracts from this document...


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.

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. With close reference to the text explain how Mark Antony manipulates the crowd after ...

    was let Antony speak first so he knew what he was up against. I disagree with Dr Stanley wells on his opinion that Brutus should let Antony speak first so as to know what he was dealing with because firstly I think that Brutus should not have let Antony speak

  2. Discuss Brutus' and Marc Antony's characters

    He seems to use Brutus' own ammunition against Brutus in order to sway the views of the people. He does this by referring to Brutus' use of 'honour'. As I said earlier, Brutus called himself an honourable man, which at the time served him well as it helped sway the Plebeians onto his side.

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

    They have to agree; otherwise they would condemn themselves by saying they should be slaves. The way the question is structured is interesting, i.e. 'were living - die - all slaves' in opposite to 'were dead - living - all free men' (L.22-23) This balance makes the question sound logical.

  2. The exact date of the publication of 'Julius Caesar' is not absolutely certain. However, ...

    When Portia remonstrates with him for his behaviour towards her during the past few days, his only argument is "I am not well in health, and that is all". We are touched by the affection which he shows his wife; this shows us the more personal side of his character.

  1. Mark Antony’s Speech

    He then comes to the conclusion that he was not very ambitious, but he does not want to go against Brutus' word because "Brutus is an honourable man." The main goals of his speech are to make the citizens trust him, and believe him.

  2. Using Particularly Act 3 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 2, and Act 4 Scene ...

    " I doubt not of your wisdom. Let each man render me his bloody hand." Here, Antony shakes the bloody hands of all of the men, and we see have far he is prepared to deceive everybody - we know that he does not agree with what they did; at this point in the play.

  1. Compare the style and impact of Brutus and Antony’s orations in Act 3 Scene ...

    This becomes obvious at the beginning of Act3 Scene2 because he starts talking about "mine honour". He says, "Believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour that you may believe". I think this is also one of his downfalls because he is expecting the crowd to respect him because of his reputation.

  2. The art of persuasion as revealed through Marc Antony’s speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

    He balances the repetition of this phrase with something positive about Caesar or something negative about his death. An example of this is when Marc Antony says: "He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man." (ll. 76-78)

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