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Julius Caesar - Act 2 Scene (ii) is the turning point of the play. How does Antony use his skills as an actor and an orator to bring this about?

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Julius Caesar Act 2 Scene (ii) is the turning point of the play. How does Antony use his skills as an actor and an orator to bring this about? At the beginning of Act 2 Scene (ii), Brutus orders Cassius to go to another place from the pulpit from where he'll speak. He does this to see which part of the crowd will listen to his reasons for assassinating Caesar. He wants to see who will believe his excuse and who will believe Cassius' excuse. From this I will compare the two speeches. At first Brutus asks the crowd of people for silence. This is shown by him saying, "Be patient till the last. Romans, countrymen and lovers!" Brutus then begins to explain the result of the assassinating of Caesar by saying, "Believe me for mine honour", which basically means believe Brutus for honesty. He then goes on to talk about his honour, as he tries to make himself look good, to give the crowd another point of view about him. Brutus is a very wise character and we are shown this when he begins to tell the crowd what caused him to plot against Caesar. ...read more.


Antony praises Caesar by saying such quotes as "He was my friend faithful" or "When that the floor have cried, Caesar hath wept" etc. These quotes make the crowd feel sorry for Caesar and make them think once again about Brutus. Further more Antony has done what he first setted out to do, change the crowd's opinion about Caesar. We can see this when the crowd don't notice Antony is going against what he said at the beginning of the speech - "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him" which just shows he has accomplished what he wanted. Towards the end of his speech, Antony's speech is about mourning for Caesar and he also starts crying. After he finishes his speech the reactions and emotions of the crowd don't differ from Brutus speech. We see the crowd don't defend Brutus now as they did before when Antony mentioned Brutus's name. The crowd's reaction is slightly mixed as they don't know who to support, but we can see that people are beginning to support Antony, "There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony". ...read more.


As each of Antony's speeches as gone, and by the fourth speech the crowd are now angrier then ever, and we see this as they say, "We'll burn the house of Brutus". We can also see the difference between how the crowd's reaction have changed from the beginning when they were chanting, "Live Brutus! Live, live" to "We'll burn the house of Brutus". This again also shows how they've been influenced by Antony than Brutus. The crowd forget all about the will and the fact that they have forgotten proves they have also been brain washed, "You have forgotten the will I told you of". Antony ends his speech by telling the mass number of people what Caesar left them, "He hath left you all his walks, his private arbours and new-planted orchards", which mean Caesar left his gardens and plants for the people of Rome. Antony is then left by himself and we find out he has been acting all along. He whispers to himself "Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot, Take thou what course thou wilt". He is basically saying, what ever he has said in his speech, let that happen now. This allows us to see the true side of Antony. Pukar Bhattarai July 2002 1 ...read more.

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