Character Decription Of Mark Anthony And His Role In The Shakespearean Play, "Julius Caesar"

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As a whisper becomes a shout, so does the passionate and cunning ambitions of Mark Anthony prevail. Mark Anthony serves as a developing passionate and lively character. His love for Caesar is deep-rooted, as Cassius says (II, 1,183) His quiet, obedient exterior quickly dissolves upon his discovery of Caesars death; he quickly speaks his mind, "O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, and spoils, shrunk to this little measure? - Now, whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke, fulfill your pleasure. Live a thousand years, I shall not find myself so apt to die." (III.1, 148) Later he continues on his raving disbelief of the tragedy that is Caesars death, "And ...view middle of the document...

What more to sit behind a passionate face than a sly and cunning mind. Strait from his passionate oration comes a thought out, clever plan to sway the countrymen. His use of fact, humility and rhetorical questions leave the common man with no choice but to aggressively pursue every word from Anthony's mouth. He silently and subtly brings the people against the noble Brutus; saying that he is an honorable man many times (III, 2, 80) but implying that Brutus' reasoning for killing Caesar was faulty. He then sparks curiosity by mentioning Caesars will (III, 2, 127) and begins to stir the people. The character of Anthony is living up to the "shrewd contriver" that Cassius claimed him to be (II, 1, 158). The sly and insidious personality of Mark Anthony is a necessary to the feeling of Julius Caesar. As he gains the respect of the public and the reputation of a politician, Anthony's ambiguous nature arises. After condemning many to death on a death-list, he scornfully looks after Lepidus "This is a slight 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?" (IV, 1, 12) His power lust follows him everywhere. He continues to explain how he will use Lepidus as a tool for his selfish ambitions (IV, 1, 18) Only after conquering all, does Anthony step down to sincerely recognize the nobility of Brutus (V, 5, 68). Then, fully developed, Mark Anthony had the cunning and reputation to lead Rome. As in the play Machbeth these words occur, (II,1) "Under him my genius is rebuked, as it is said Mark Anthony's was by Caesar."

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