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Mark Antony’s Speech

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Louise Davison Friday 4th January 2002 Shakespeare coursework-Julius Caesar Mark Antony's Speech Julius Caesar was written by William Shakespeare. It is a play set in Rome around 100-44 BC Mark Antony's speech is very well known as a persuasive and well thought out piece of work. I am writing about Mark Antony's speech and the techniques that he used to get his audience's attention and persuade them that they can trust him. To begin with Brutus gets the attention of the citizens by praising Caesar, whom the citizens love. The people want to listen to Brutus, and when he tells them that Caesar is dead they still want to listen. Antony gains the full attention of the people when he brings Caesar's lifeless body out. Brutus tells the audience to listen to Antony, so when he begins to talk they remain silent and listen. ...read more.


But he does not praise him too much because he said at the beginning of his speech that he "comes to bury Caesar, not to praise him." Antony loved and admired Caesar. He pretended to befriend the conspirators, and asks that he be allowed to speak at Caesar's funeral. He then tells the crowd of what the conspirators did, and continues to tell them Caesar's will, which fires them up making them angry with the conspirators. This was Antony's intention, although he hides it by saying "let me not stir you up to such a sudden flood of mutiny," which covers his intentions. Antony was a skilled orator, and his speech sways the crowd. They begin to think that the conspirators may have had a good reason to assassinate Caesar, but they end up wanting revenge. ...read more.


suggesting that Caesar was not ambitious, then he says, "yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honourable man." He continues to persuade the audience that he believes Brutus, "I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, but here I am to speak what I do know." There is also common usage of alliteration. "Kingly crown," and "Brutish beasts," are just a couple. Antony uses alliteration as a way of getting the crowd to listen. The use of alliteration makes his speech sound poetic. To polish off the speech he tells the audience Caesar's will. First he tells them that he won't read it because he doesn't want to stir up the crowd. Then, after keeping them in much anticipation (which he does intentionally) he tells them, making them much more raged at Caesar's conspirators. His closing words are "Here was Caesar, when comes such another?" making the people more angry with Caesar's conspirators. The crowd then decides to seek revenge on Caesar's conspirators. ...read more.

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