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Using Particularly Act 3 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 2, and Act 4 Scene 1, how far do you agree with Antony’s own description of himself as a “plain blunt man”?

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Using Particularly Act 3 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 2, and Act 4 Scene 1, how far do you agree with Antony's own description of himself as a "plain blunt man"? "But-as you know me well - a plain blunt man" Here, in his own words, Antony says that he is a 'plain blunt man' - the evidence from the play may well prove this wrong. So, by a close examination of these central scenes, I shall seek to investigate this claim. In Act 3, Scene 1, we get a clear picture of how Antony works, and get a first glimpse of his deviousness. I think we get a little bit of insight to what his real feelings are, in his reaction to Caesar's corpse. "Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death To see thy Antony making peace," I think that he really means what he is saying here, he is emotional, showing what his real feelings are. "O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low?" We get a sense of how Antony feels about what has happened, although from what we know later in the play, it could be questioned whether Antony really felt so sad about the death of Caesar. "Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils Shrunk to this little measure?" He is clearly full of grief however, and he uses strong words to describe how he feels. "Who else must be let blood, who else is rank." Here he is angry, questioning the conspirators, these are definitely his real feelings and emotions. "Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death To see thy Antony making peace," Again, I think that he really means what he is saying here, he is emotional, showing what his real feelings are. "No place will please me so, no mean of death," In his first speech to the conspirators, we see him 'beg' for his life, which is sort of devious, and he already knows by the promise from Brutus, that the conspirators do not intend to kill him. ...read more.

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It lets them think that he himself saw Caesar as great, and it will make them accept what he says about Caesar. I think that he is been honest when he says this. The rhetorical questions have a dramatic effect on the public! "He hath brought many captives home to Rome" "...did the general coffers fill" Examples of Caesar's goodness are also brought in on the speech, and this is effective too, as it shows the Romans exactly what Caesar has brought to Rome - therefore showing that he was an honest and noble man. "When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:" "It is not meet you know how Caesar lov'd you:" Also, examples of his kindness is given, showing how he has wept, and how much he loved the Romans - Antony uses sort of emotional blackmail to get them on his side here. Letting them know how much he loves them! Antony also shows him to be generous in these statements! The will is used as a stage prop and a physical sign of Caesar's generosity; it is one of Antony's main ways to manipulate the crowd! "But here's a parchment with the seal of Caesar, I found it in his closet, 'tis his will." This is the first time that Antony lets the crowd know that he has Caesar's will, he knows that he will end up telling them what is in the will! "Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read" He teases the crowd, by saying that he will not tell them what is in the will - he knows that they will want him to read it and ask for him to do so. Again, we see him as been devious. Once the crowd say for him to tell them, he says that he must not. The next bit shows Antony telling the crowd that they should not know how much Caesar loved them: "Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it. ...read more.

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It could also show him to want more power, as I stated before. "Octavius, I have seen more days than you," This statement by Antony could also show him to think that he is better than anybody else - he could be trying to prove that he is the one in power. "To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads," All Antony wants from Lepidus, is to use him. "A barren-spirited fellow..." Antony sees that Lepidus should not be allowed to have any of his ideas, and that he needs to be stopped. "Therefore let our alliance be combin'd," Antony asks for their forces to work together in the battle, showing him again to be thinking ahead. Looking back over the Scene, I would say that we get a clear picture of Antony's disloyalty and deviousness! Antony's own description of himself as a plain blunt man basically means that he is all of the following: straightforward, frank, candid, open, honest, down to earth and trustworthy. The evidence would prove that he is not any of these at all. If we were to assess how far we could agree with his claim, the evidence suggests overwhelmingly that he is NOT a plain blunt man. We see that Antony is a liar, twofaced, a user, untrustworthy, devious, manipulative, and nasty. Though obviously his genuine side most clearly does not outweigh his nasty side, the evidence also suggests that he is not 100% a liar. We do get a viewing of his genuine side, and this is shown in the way he talks of Caesar, and his feelings about Caesar's corpse. His reactions to seeing Caesar lying dead are quite obviously genuine, he uses strong words to describe the way in which he is feeling, and he is quite clearly very emotional. In his soliloquy at the end of the scene, he is quite honest and blunt, where he calls the conspirators murderers. So, we have now established just exactly how plain and blunt Antony really is, and I have to say that I would most definitely not trust Antony! Kevin Carter! 10W! ...read more.

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