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Using Particularly Act 3 Scenes 1 & 2 and Act 4 Scene 1 How Far Do You Agree With- Mark Antony’s Description Of Himself As A ‘Plain, Blunt Man’?

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Using Particularly Act 3 Scenes 1 & 2 and Act 4 Scene 1 How Far Do You Agree With- Mark Antony's Description Of Himself As A 'Plain, Blunt Man'? I totally disagree with Mark Antony's summing up of himself to be a 'plain, blunt, man'. In fact he is quite the opposite and he shows us this right through the play in all of the scenes following Caesar's death. In act 3 scenes 1 & 2 and act 4 scene 1, Mark Antony shows us a totally new side to his character that we had never seen before. He shows us that he is sly, cunning and devious and that he can use his emotions to get people (namely the Roman citizens) to do what he wants- to a certain extent. He is also a very good with words and has such talent, he can put his point across very well without actually saying what it is. We also see that Mark Antony is totally committed to being as loyal and as good a friend to Caesar as he possibly can. He shows us these particular qualities of loyalty and love towards Caesar as soon as he discovers Caesar has been murdered in act 3 scene 1: 'O mighty Caesar! dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, Shrunk to this little measure? Fare thee well.' What Antony is saying is that he is saddened to see that all of Caesar, the man in control of the known world's power, glory and triumphs should be shrunk to a shrivelled up corpse. ...read more.

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The next and probably the most revealing part of the play, in terms of Antony's character is the funeral in act 3 scene 2. It begins with Brutus speaking to the crowd and telling them how Caesar had to die and giving them lots of reasons why it had to come to his murder. But Brutus's two downfalls are that he speaks first, and does not stay to listen to Antony, and that he uses a lot of rhetorical questions to put across his point. This is not very clever as we have already fond out and therefore do not take in what he is telling them and they get totally the wrong end of the stick and call for Brutus to become king, the next Caesar, as we see in act 3 scene 2: 'Live, Brutus! live! live!... Bring him with triumph home unto his house... Give him a statue with his ancestors... Let him be Caesar... Caesar's better parts Shall be crown'd in Brutus.' When Antony speaks however, he gets it exactly right. He allows his tears to do the talking and saves himself the trouble of using many complicated rhetorical questions and the only some of the only ones we see are in his funeral speech in act 3 scene 2. He weeps and asks the crowd to spare him a moment as he is so overcome with grief. The crowd reacts to this with sympathy and pity. ...read more.

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unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands: is it fit, The three- fold world divided, he should stand One of the three to share it?' This is going totally against everything that Antony has said up till now about the wealth of Caesar and who it will go to. Up till this point, Antony has said about how all of Caesar's wealth has been left to the citizens of Rome and how they will all receive considerable sums of money. This again shows us the cunning, devious, side to Antony, as he uses the will to trick the people of Rome into joining forces with him and rebelling against the conspirators. This puts his summing up of himself into more doubt and makes us think as to if there is any truth in it at all. This also goes someway to helping us decide why Antony means everything he says in his soliloquy, it leads us to believe he did it for the power more than his feelings of love and respect for Caesar. Overall, I believe that Mark Antony is the most devious, treacherous character in the play up to act 4 scene 1. He denies all of these characteristics throughout the play, but as he does so, they become even more obvious. I disagree totally with Antony's summing up of himself as a 'plain, blunt man ' as I have said throughout this essay and as you can see, I have plenty of evidence to back up these claims. ?? ?? ?? ?? November 2000 ...read more.

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