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The Power of The Spoken Word.

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The Power of The Spoken Word The speeches made by Mark Antony and Brutus were to influence the Roman crowed at Caesar's funeral. They begin by using similar language. Brutus starts by saying "Romans, countrymen and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear". Brutus quietens them and asks them to pay close attention and believe what he is going to tell them. He speaks of his own love for Caesar, but his great love for Rome. Caesar's ambition, despite his noble qualities, would have made slaves and traitors. He tells the crowd to believe him "believe me......may believe": believe me, because you know that I am of honour; and remember that I am honourable, and therefore you may believe me. Mark Antony used similar words "Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your ears" but his effect was different on the crowd. He was polite and he asks rather than demands the crowd's attention. He told the crowd that, they need not be afraid that he will praise Caesar and men usually remember the faults of the dead, not their goods. ...read more.


There is a lot of repetition used by Brutus like the constant used of "I" which him sound egoistic and arrogant". "I say" "I" slew and "I wept". Brutus is strongly accusing Caesar's character of being ambitious however he shows no evidence to back up his claim he only uses future possibilities. He tells the people of Rome that Caesar was killed because he had become too ambitious. Mark Antony is trying to disprove his claim of Brutus and in doing in so provides at least three examples to show that Caesar was ambitious, "he hath brought many captives home to Rome, whose ransoms did the general coffers fill", "when that the poor have carried Caesar hath wept" and I thrice presented him a kingly crown which he did trice to "refuse". Mark Antony reaches his goal of restablishing Caesar's character Brutus on the other hand managed to prove unintentionally that he is an arrogant egoistic who is by no means is honourable. Mark Antony had the permission of the noble Brutus and the other honourable conspirators to speak about the Caesar he knew: 'He was my friend, faithful and just to me: but Brutus says he was ambitious; and Brutus is an honourable man'. ...read more.


Mark Antony moves from mood to mood, from style to style, and from argument to emotion, as his purpose and his progress in winning over the mob direct the tactics of his speech. He plays his own tunes on the crowd; pity ,love, regret, terror, grief, horror, hatred, greed, fear and they respond to his words as he wills. Reason, feeling and rhetoric; Mark Antony uses them all. To influence the crowd and uplift Caesar's character Mark Antony makes the crowd suspicious by repeating his words like 'honourable' and 'ambitious' over and over again. It makes the crowd think, was Caesar really ambitious. He shows the crowd that Brutus is bad and hypocrite by confusing people, by talking good about Brutus and by using words which have double meanings. Mark Antony's speech cleverly turns Brutus's charge that Caesar was ambitious into a sign of the greatness of the dead man. If Caesar was ambitious, then he was ambitious for Rome, and planned to give the people of Rome many good things. So Mark Antony's speech turns the people against the conspirators and their anger at Caesar's death explodes into violence. ...read more.

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