Comparing The Speeches Of Mark Antony And Brutus In Julius Caesar

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Comparing the Speeches of Mark Antony and Brutus in Julius Caesar

The play 'Julius Caesar' was first performed in 1599 at the Globe
theatre in London. The Globe theatre was built earlier that year and
'Julius Caesar' was one of the first plays performed there. This gives
us reason to believe that the play was written towards the end of 1598
and beginning of 1599.

William Shakespeare wrote the play 'Julius Caesar' because 'Plutarchs
Lives', William Shakespeare's source of history, allowed him to use
his imagination and create a sell out play. In the history book of
most of the facts are the same as William Shakespeare's however he had
to change some ...view middle of the document...

That if Rome were to be run by an ambitious man such as
Julius Caesar then it would be for the worst.

Mark Antony was not as fortunate with regards to family as Brutus,
however he was highly respected by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony
treated him as a loyal, close friend. Mark Antony was a logical
thinker and it was this fact that made him an excellent soldier along
with him being skill full, and cunning in his approach to life. He
claimed to not have the skills of an orator, however this is ironic
and he in fact was one of the greatest orators of his time. He was
driven by his emotions so therefore he is going to whole heartedly
persuade the crowd into his way of thinking, to avenge the death of
Julius Caesar and cause a riot against the conspirators.

Brutus' task is to calm the crowd and to persuade them that he had a
valid reason for the joint murder of Julius Caesar, therefore he
begins with the line

'Romans, countrymen and lovers, hear me for my cause'

Appealing to their sense of patriotism with the word 'Romans' and
suggesting that he is very passionate in his reasons for joining the

'Hear me for my cause'

That line would appease the crowd and enable Brutus to begin his task
of persuasion.

Brutus uses his power over the plebeians and starts demanding them to
listen to such commands as

'Believe me for mine honour' and also

'Have respect for mine honour'

Immediately afterwards he uses his friendship to win the crowd over

'Any dear friend of Caesar, to him I say Brutus' love Caesar was no
less than


And then goes on to say

'Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I love Rome more,

Both if the two statements are very persuasive, Brutus protest that he
loves Caesar, and that Rome is more important to him, almost as though
he sacrificed his friend for the good of Rome, again this is appealing
to the crowds sense of patriotism, they are starting to lean towards
Brutus now and are calming

As an orator Brutus uses rhetorical questions, all of which appeal to
the crowds sense of patriotism. Firstly he asks

'Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves?

Than that Caesar were dead, and live all free men?'

The crowd are lost in a field of answers now and are anxious to hear
more of his sayings. The first rhetorical question woke up the crowds
sense of freedom so cleverly Brutus asks another freedom related

'Who is here so base, that would be a bondman?'

Not only has this made the crowd think about freedom but it has also
planted the seed of what if Caesar lived, into their minds, the crowd
are now on Brutus' side. He has succeeded. However Brutus feels that
this is not enough, he needs some security that will keep the crowd to
his way of thinking. So his third rhetorical question is...

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