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Compare Brutus and Anthony's speeches in act III scene 2 of Julius Caesar. Analyze the dramatic effects created by Shakespeare's use of language. In this essay I will be comparing the speeches of Brutus and Anthony in act III scene 2 of Julius Caesar. Brutus speaks first with the citizens of Rome demanding an explanation of why Cassius and he killed Julius Caesar. So they split the crowd into two and Cassius spoke to some in one street and Brutus in another. They do this because they are trying to win the crowd over and splitting the crowd into two will make it easier for them to get their point across. Brutus tells the masses that he loved Caesar more than any of them, but that he killed Caesar because he loved Rome more. He says, "As Caesar loved me, I weep for him. As he was fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he was valiant, I honour him. ...read more.


In this way, Anthony appears to praise his friend while also respecting the men who murdered him; in fact Anthony is inciting the crowd against Brutus, Cassius and the conspirators. "Brutus is an honourable man", reveals much about the character of Brutus: not only does Anthony's quote point obviously to the fact that Brutus is seen as an honourable man, but it implies that Brutus is not honourable enough to decide the fate of all of Rome. After Caesar's assassination, Brutus gains the attention of the people by asking them to Believe him for his honour and have respect to his honour that they may believe (3.2.14-16).Before Anthony actually spoke, the crowd were actually neutral with him but were now praising Brutus so Anthony had to be very careful in what he said and he does that in his first opening sentences. He does this throughout the whole of his speech with a multiple number of rhetorical devices, and as a result wins the confidence and favour of his rowdy audience. ...read more.


At first, however, they do not contradict Brutus. If Caesar was ambitious (and Brutus the honourable man said he was), then it is right for him to be killed. No challenge yet to Brutus. Then, by calling himself Caesar's friend, Anthony then begins to put in his own views on how Brutus thought Caesar was ambitious. Though Brutus also referred to the fact that Caesar loved him, Anthony's language rings truer, "He was my friend, faithful and just to me (3.2.85)." so he talks about what he knows then later says then as we all know Brutus is an honourable man. Anthony also involves the crowd in his speech, asking them a question and forcing them to ponder whether the assassination of Caesar was nothing but a disservice to the Roman Empire. Anthony does this by taking a dramatic pause at the end of his speech, to imply to his audience that he is overwhelmed with emotion. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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