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Mark Anthony's speech analysis

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The play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare begins with the victory of Julius Caesar?s battle against Pompey. The Roman people gain great respect for Caesar and celebrate his victory in the festival of Lupercal. The senators begin to fear that Caesar would become king and over power them; taking away the Roman people's freedom. To prevent this from happening the senators end up plotting a plan to kill Caesar. This plan was led by two of the conspirators, Brutus and Cassius. After Caesar was murdered by the conspirators Antony asked them for permission to say a speech at Caesar's funeral and Brutus allows him to do so. ...read more.


In addition, Antony uses repetition to emphasize the words ambitious and honorable make their meaning more sarcastic the more they are being said. Antony told the crowd, "For Brutus is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men" (3.2.91). Antony said this to catch the crowds attention toward him. He knows that at the moment that the Roman people are on the conspirators side; therefore, he has to be careful in what he says and tells the people what they want to hear such as, the conspirators being honorable men and Caesar being ambitious. When Antony had the people listening to him he starts to bring up good deeds about Caesar which, makes causes doubt to rise about the conspirator?s action of murdering Caesar being the right thing. ...read more.


This helps Antony gain the Roman people's support. By the time Anthony finishes his speech, the Roman people are moved and are on Antony?s side. The crowd leaves Anthony in search for the conspirators, but they had already left. Anthony achieves his goal of having the people go against the conspirators and gains their trust and support. In this speech, Anthony used many forms of irony like saying things he doesn?t really mean, repeating words to prove a certain point, and uses Caesar?s will as a tool to buy the people?s attention. Because of the use of these irony technique, Brutus ruined the conspirators plan and regained the people?s support for Caesar. ...read more.

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