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Write an analysis of character and language in these scenes. Relating it to the themes and ideas in the rest of the play

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Introduction

Write an analysis of character and language in these scenes. Relating it to the themes and ideas in the rest of the play 'Julius Caesar' was written during the year 1597. The play involves a highly respected senator, Brutus, who decides to join the conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar, in the effort to keep republicanism intact. Brutus believes that if Julius Caesar is allowed to live, Caesar will become king and turn the government into a monarchy. Brutus, Cassius, and the other conspirators kill Julius Caesar. Yet they find Antony, a loyalist of Caesar, seeks revenge on them. A key feature of a tragic hero is the fact that a tragic hero must be a high-standing individual in society. The tragic hero must not deserve his punishment for the play to be a tragedy. Also, a tragedy happening to someone in high authority, will affect not only the single person but also society as a whole. Brutus is a tragic hero because he was noble, well reflected and high in society, yet because he compromised his honour by alliance with dishonourable men his downfall was assured. Brutus believed that the Romans needed him as the leader to assassinate Caesar, partly because of Cassius' urgings and forged works, but also because he feared Caesar's ambition. Brutus' trusting attitude toward Antony is an example of one of his naivety. ...read more.

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"As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him.". Brutus is appealing to the crowds wish to be free men without Caesar rather than be slaves under Caesar. However, Brutus does not acknowledge any examples to support his allegation of Caesar's ambition. He instead leaves his statements "open-ended". Brutus seems to expect the crowd to believe his arguments just because he is honourable. This is not a wise choice because the crowd is too emotionally shocked, about Caesar's murder. Brutus fails to incorporate emotion in his speech. Many critics believe that this is the factor that leads to the mutiny against him. Brutus seems to have no other supporting arguments for his case, so he asks the crowd questions like; who is so corrupt to want to be a slave under Caesar's rule rather than be free without him. When Brutus starts judging the crowd, he begins to lose his effect on them. "Who is here so base that would rather be a bondsman? If any speak, for him have I offended? Who is here so vile that would not be Roman? If any speak, for him have I offended? Who here is so rude that would not be Roman? ...read more.

Conclusion

Every time the will is mentioned a little more information is surrendered, just to whet their Roman appetite. Also, Antony knows exactly how the Roman mob thinks; he is always a step ahead of them. Antony toys with the emotion of the crowd and drags them to both ends of the spectrum. The most interesting difference in these two funeral orations is the tone used by both speakers. Antony speaks as more of a friend to the people than a powerful leader. Antony speaks to the people as if they are his equals; he respects the intelligence of the common people to understand a speech given in verse. Antony's opening contrasts in meaning, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" (Act III, scene ii, line 75). In just this one line, Antony uses Brutus's words to his advantage by changing them to make himself sound friendlier. By the very first word of Antony's speech, one can infer than he is about to give a humbling oration; he uses the ethical appeal to convince the people to believe in his cause rather than Brutus's. Finally, Antony uses sarcasm to rip down any respect the Roman people may have built for Brutus and the conspirators. In his funeral oration, Antony insults Brutus ten times by stating that he is "an honorable man" (Act III, scene ii, line 84) in a tone of biting mockery, therefore questioning Brutus's credibility. ...read more.

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