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Write an essay saying how far you agree with Antony's statement from William Shakespeare's

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Critical Evaluation Lianne Brear 3MR Task: "This was the noblest Roman of them all" (Act 5). Write an essay saying how far you agree with Antony's statement. In William Shakespeare's " Julius Caesar" the victorious Mark Antony calls his rival Brutus, "the noblest Roman of them all". At the start of the play we witnessed Cassius persuade Brutus to join a conspiracy to kill Caesar. In my essay I intend to discuss four main characters in order to prove or disapprove Mark Antony's statement. The play starts off with Julius Caesar entering Rome after his victory in the civil war against Pompey. Some of the conspirators feel that Caesar has become too powerful so they conceive a plan to kill him. A conspirator named Cassius throws flattering letters through the loyal Brutus's window saying that he should be emperor of Rome. On the 'Ides of March' the conspirators and Caesar all meet at the Senate House. That is when all the conspirators kill Julius Caesar one by one. After seeing Caesar's body Mark Antony, Caesar's associate, plans revenge for Caesar's killing. Antony then plans an alliance with Octavious. ...read more.


A ghost of Caesar appeared in Brutus' tent near Sardis telling Brutus that they would meet again at Philippi. "To tell thee that thou shalt see me at Philippi". Philippi was where Brutus and Cassius would meet Antony and Octavious to do battle. I am now going to discuss Cassius. I would say that Cassius was a very devious and selfish man. Cassius approached Brutus in act 1, to tell him that he felt that Caesar was becoming too powerful "Why man he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs" Cassius then sent flattering letters through Brutus' window saying that he would be a better emperor than Caesar. On night Brutus could not sleep, he justifies the idea of killing Caesar to himself. That same night all of the conspirators arrive at Brutus' house and all decide to kill Caesar at the Senate house the following day. Cassius and Brutus disagree over killing Mark Antony but then they both decide not to. ...read more.


However at the battlefield Brutus and Cassius meet to join forces against Antony and Octavious. Antonys forces over run Brutus'. Brutus then commits suicide. I think he took a very honourable way out. Lastly I would now like to discuss Mark Antony. Antony was very loyal to Caesar, I believe that he was also very obedient. At the start Antony offered Caesar the crown three times. After Brutus had justified the killing of Caesar to the crowd, Antony was still able to turn the crowd against Brutus and Cassius, which proves that Antony is an excellent public speaker. When Antony, Octavious and Lepidus were preparing for battle, Antony and Octavious decide to kill Lepidus so that they can share power. Antony and Octavious win the battle and Antony declares that Brutus was the noblest Roman of them all. "And say to all the world 'This was a man' ". As we see all four characters in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" all had character flaws. Cassius acted out of envy, was easily made angry and was clearly scheming. However, his manipulative tactics with Brutus at the beginning of the play were clever and to an extent successful. ...read more.

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