In Act 3 Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Play "Julius Caesar", Why Does Antony Succeed and Brutus Fail to Persuade the Crowd.

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I have studied Julius Caesar a play written by William Shakespeare. I focused the study on act 3 scene 2 the speeches by Brutus and Antony. I am looking at the persuasive techniques used by the two speakers and why Antony's speech won over the crowd.

Julius Caesar has been an influential figure in history for 2000 years. Caesar was such a powerful, heroic leader with his death a devastating civil war ensued. Julius Caesar is so influential decisions made today in the present day idolise him like Kaiser of Germany, Tsar of Russia and caesarean births. Julius Caesar's story shows a relationship with modern day stories of deceit and tragedy with such a twisting and famous plot modern audiences are still drawn to it. Shakespeare has written many plays based on historical events like, Henry VI and Richard III. This shows he clearly likes writing about historic events or is good at them. When he wrote this play Queen Elizabeth was in power and in his day everyone respected and idolised the monarch or ruler. This story is about ruler ship so a lot of people would have gone to see it. The senates killed Julius Caesar, this include Brutus and Cassius. They executed him as they thought killing Caesar was for the good of Rome. They felt Caesar was getting too ambitious and could become a threat to Rome once he is King. At Julius Caesar's funeral both Brutus and Antony spoke; Brutus first followed by Antony. Antony's speech persuaded the crowd over Brutus. Antony later became the emperor of the Roman Empire. Brutus then fights a war against Mark Antony. Brutus commits suicide.

Brutus's speech was logical and restrained. He reminded the people that Caesar would have ruined Rome, become a tyrant and would have enslaved everyone, he said "had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead?". He says this as a rhetorical question: it has quite an obvious answer but probably would have been false anyway. Brutus says that last quote like it is...
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