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In William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" there are two major speeches made just after the death of the great Caesar.

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Julius Caesar In William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" there are two major speeches made just after the death of the great Caesar. One by Brutus, and one by Caesars great compatriot Mark Anthony. These men were both Roman Senators. Both of these men use different techniques in confronting the crowds of people. Brutus comes across as slightly arrogant and to the point and uses his rhetorical skills to sway the crowd in his favor. Brutus tries to justify the conspiracy against Caesar saying that Caesar was too ambitious and it would have hurt Rome. He says that he loved Caesar, and did not kill him because he did not love Caesar but he loved Rome "...why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I lov'd Caesar less, but that I lov'd Rome more." Brutus begins his speech with "Romans, Countrymen..." ...read more.

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Before he says this he asks a rhetorical question, would they rather as slaves under Caesar or as freedmen with Caesar dead. Brutus goes on to ask if any is offended or rejects what Brutus has just said "who is here so base that would be a bondman?" he continues with questions of the sort "who is here so rude that would not be a Roman?" the crowd just reply with "None, Brutus, none." This is good for Brutus, he responds "Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Caesar than you shall do to Brutus." Brutus goes on to say "I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death." This is a self-sympathy attention-seeking ploy, because he knows only too well that the crowd now wants him to live. They respond with "Live, Brutus! ...read more.

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"When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;" and "You all did see that on Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambitious?" This was when Caesar turned down the crown, not once, but three times. After each of these examples he asked the rhetorical question "was this ambitious?" Anthony says he is not here to disprove what Brutus spoke, although this is exactly what he does. This is a dramatic speech for the people; he enters with Caesar's body and finishes saying that his heart is still with the body or Caesar and crying. As Brutus's main tool of oratory was rhetoric, Mark Anthony's appears to be repetition and dramatics. Anthony manages to get enough doubt in the minds of the people to question the righteousness of the killing of Caesar. Anthony's speech is probably more believable because it is much more emotional and he has back up evidence for his accusations, whilst Brutus leaves open ended questions and less emotionally detached. ...read more.

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