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Julius Caesar - How does Shakespeare use the events, themes and language present in act 3 scene 2 to make Mark Antony(TM)s speech so effective?

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GCSE Julius Caesar

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"Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Assignment

Literature - Joe Hall

Explore the techniques used by Brutus and Mark Antony to win over the crowd in Act 3 Scene 2. How does Shakespeare use the events, themes and language present in the scene to make Mark Antony's speech so effective?

In 1599, William Shakespeare, a world famous playwright and poet wrote an excellent tragedy based on the conspiracy of the assassination of Julius Caesar. This tragedy is regarded as one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. The play is also roughly based on a true story as Julius Caesar was assassinated because of power.

The scene begins with the Plebeian crowd demanding to hear Brutus' funeral speech as they are desperate to hear what he has to say for himself. Brutus' first words are "Friends, Countrymen and Lovers" this is an example of tripling which emphasizes the meaning. He uses this to make a connection with the crowd and it shows that he is stooping down to their level.

Brutus becomes very honourable to the crowd by saying "Believe me for mine honour" this makes the plebeian crowd feel flattered and important; Brutus

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