Period 2 English 2
Mark Antony is a loyal friend of Caesar's who has stepped out of Caesar's shadow and emerged as a leader of his own right after Caesar's fateful death. Compared to Brutus, Antony is passionate more than principled, claiming alliance with Brutus to save his own life. However, he eventually maneuvers a masterful rhetoric to stir the crowd in a revolt against the conspirators with tears streaming down his cheeks. His impulsive nature serves him perfectly, allowing him to take advantage of every possible situation and twist it, allowing him to have an edge against his enemies. Antony is manipulative, loyal, hypocritical and a cunning speaker.
Antony is a cunning speaker. In order to save himself from the wraith of the conspirators, Antony quickly sends a servant which shows his sub-service, to the conspirators saying, "My master bid me kneel." By doing this, Antony has set stage for his appearance, and enters the scene himself, shaking the hand of each and every conspirator, saying, "Let each man render me his bloody hand." By doing this, Antony establishes intimacy between the conspirators and himself, making sure that they do not kill him. By doing this, Antony wants to find out the reason for Caesar's death and speak at his funeral. He then says, "My credit now stands on such slippery ground, that one of two bad ways you must conceit me." this shows that Antony removes any doubt that the conspirators might have about Antony flattering them using reverse psychology. He then makes a request to Cassius to "produce his body to the market-place" and "speak in the order of his funeral." This shows that by using underhand methods, the cunning Antony pulled of a skillful maneuver to persuade Cassius to allow Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral. Because of the way Antony has achieved his objective and purpose of his visit, Antony proves himself to be a cunning contriver.
Antony is manipulative. In...
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