Julius Ceaser Analysis
Brutus, and Mark Antony both speak in-front of a Roman crowd during the funeral of Julius Ceaser. Both speeches carry strong emotion, and try to provide the crowd with a point. Brutus' position was that he loved Rome far to much to allow a tyrant to ruin the city's glory and he would be to the mercy of the people's punishment, for the assassination of Ceaser to avoid the wrath of the people. But Antony, uses many rhetorical questions and sarcasm to show how Brutus manipulated the crowd into believing him to being heroic in his killing. Both characters speak during the funeral speeches, but Brutus is trying to manipulate the crowd in his favor, where as Mark Antony is only trying to convey, what he believes as, the truth.
Brutus is one of the conspirators in the assassination of Julius Ceaser; but knowing that he will be prosecuted harshly by the crowd he is presenting to at the funeral speeches, Brutus manipulates the crowd into believing the assassination to be a necessary and heroic action. Brutus achieves this by using rhetorical questions, and promising the crowd that if they wished him to kill himself he would out of love for the republic. As well, Brutus says that Julius was over ambitious, and would of hurt the state; so he uses emotional diction to portray his love for the Roman state by saying, “....that, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.” (Shakespeare, Julius Ceaser, Act III, Sc. II.) The use of words like lover for the good of Rome, and confessing to have the same dagger for himself makes the crowd believe that Brutus is being sincere. The crowd supported Brutus by saying for him to live, and that he has offended no one. Brutus manipulated the crowd into believing the assassination was the only action for protecting Rome from a 'tyrant', out of love for the state; which, until Mark Antony gave his speech to the crowd.
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