Honors English II, Mrs. Rodriguez
January 25, 2013
Caesars Truest Friend
A true friend is a friend that sticks with you even after death. William Shakespeare shows this in his play Julius Caesar through Mark Antony. Brutus and the conspirators have just murdered Julius Caesar. Antony, Caesars most trusted friend, pleads to give an oration during Caesars funeral. Brutus grants him permission, although Cassius tries to warn Brutus to not allow it. During the speech, Mark Antony uses many tools and techniques to sway the plebeians against Brutus. Mark Antony manages to achieve his ultimate goal of persuading the Romans away from Brutus by his brilliant use of rhetorical questions and use of irony. Mark Antony uses rhetorical questions to convince the crowd that the actions taken by the conspirators were iniquitous. He causes the Roman civilians to question Brutus’s words. In order to steer the crowd toward his side Antony reminds them of Caesars great deeds. He tells the people about events that already occurred and were witnessed by them, so that by the end of his speech, they would not be able to question his words. Antony shows his power with words and his intelligence by preparing the crowd for his rhetoric. He says “ He hath brought many captives home to Rome, whose ransoms did the general coffers fill. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? (Iii.ii.97-99).” This excerpt shows how Antony speaks of Caesars great accomplishments to remind the crowd of his selflessness. Caesars actions can be considered selfless because he went on a journey to capture bandits and bring them home, Caesar did not have to take such noble actions into his hands but he did. At the end of the quote “ whose ransoms did the general coffers fill” also shows Caesars selflessness because he helped the roman generals fill their cells and make it appear as if they had captured the thugs, but in truth Caesar captured most of them and still did not ask for repayment. Antony...
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