top-rated free essay

Julius Caesar Essay

By scwade1 Jan 14, 2013 819 Words
Anthony Hudson
Mr. Brookner
12/28/12
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 his speech to persuade an emotional crowd to evolve into an angry, hysterical mob, Antony first established friendship and intimacy, addressing the crowd as "friends" followed by "Romans". By doing this, Antony has gained trust from his targeted audience, rather than immediately stressing on the things he has to say. Later in his speech, the manipulative Antony takes advantage of his opportunity on the podium, this time to cast doubt on whether Caesar was really ambitious. He questions Brutus' reasoning, saying a total of 3 times in his speech, "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and sure he is an honorable man." However, he also ties in Caesar's motives with Brutus' honor, saying "I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?" By doing this, Antony proves to the crowd that Caesar was not ambitious, by doing heroic things for Rome, like bringing captives back to Rome and refusing the crown. He shows that Caesar was not ambitious, and Brutus wronged him. He starts his sentences with "yet" to cast doubt on Brutus' words. Antony connects Brutus' honorable nature with Caesar's ambition. By destroying Brutus' explanation, Antony has completely marred Brutus' character and questions his motives. To gain sympathy, Antony cries at his speech, and saying "if you have tears, prepare to shed them now", telling the crowd exactly how to react. Finally, when the climax of his speech is over, he asks the crowd "shall I descend? Will you give me Leave?" This makes the crowd feel like they have control and power over Antony, who again, uses this opportunity to his advantage.

  Antony is hypocritical. When trying to save himself from death by the conspirators, he pretends to befriend them, saying he is "friends with you all". However, after he has completed this objective and gaining the trust of the conspirators to allow him to speak at Caesar's funeral, he says at the forum, that he is "meek with those butchers, referring to the conspirators. He calls them "butchers" like vile, murderous and merciless people who slaughtered Caesar. After this, he indirectly implants thoughts of an uprising to the citizens, by saying that the conspirators "were traitors," although they are "honorable men". This shows Antony's hypo critic side and nature, gaining the trust of the conspirators then eventually backstabbing them. Antony's attitude towards the conspirators is nothing shy of a pretence friendship, disposing them like lighters out of fuel when not needed. This shows when he speaks badly of them at the forum and thus he is hypocritical.

  So far, in this essay, Antony proves to be a cunning politician, manipulating the crowd to stage an uproar against the conspirators. He is an untrustworthy person, hiding behind a curtain of false values which he appears to have, but is actually extremely vengeful. Henceforth, I have proven that Antony is manipulative, hypocritical and a cunning speaker. 

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Julius Caesar Essay

    ...Julius Caesar Idealism v Realism Essay Why do honorable people end up with a downfall for their achievements? William Shakespeare with his knowledge of human nature shows Brutus and Cassius’s behaviors as idealistic and realistic in one of his most tragic plays Julius Caesar. The main theme Shakespeare uses in the play is idealism v realism....

    Read More
  • Julius Caesar Essay

    ...By Friends Julius Caesar once wrote, “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt” (Caesar, Book III, Ch. 18), which means, “Men willingly believe what they wish” (Ramage, 442). This is apparent in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. The conspirators who assassinated Julius Caesar convinced themselves that killing Caesar was...

    Read More
  • Julius Caesar Essay

    ...is difficult to be successful when their flaws get in their way. Caesar was an egotistical and oblivious man, and his flaws lead to his assassination. Brutus was a very noble leader, but he was too naïve and idealistic. Cassius was very intelligent, but he was over dramatic. His leadership is cut off because he always agreed with Brutus. Howev...

    Read More
  • Julius Caesar Essay

    ...ENGLISH ESSAY – Julius Caesar Passionate convictions and articulating views are represented in texts, which contribute to the manipulation of our views. These elements are evident in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ ABC News’ article, ‘Bill Henson’s case’ and Kev Carmondy’s song ‘This Land is Mine/This Land is Me.’ The prima...

    Read More
  • Julius Caesar

    ...play “Julius Caesar” and the drowning death of Tina Watson on an Australian honeymoon trip that turned into a legal and media storm on several continents. William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” is a tragedy, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assass...

    Read More
  • Julius Caesar Conflicting Perspectives Essay

    ...perspectives often supply the text’s main interest and drama. ‘Julius Caesar’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Saving Private Ryan’ directed by Steven Spielberg are superlative examples of this, being riddled with conflicting perspectives and ideals. By using techniques such as symbolism, imagery and dialectical language throughout ‘Ju...

    Read More
  • Julius Caesar

    ...English 10 5th hour Julius Caesar Essay January 18, 2011 Domination with Reason Descartes once stated that humans were superior to animals due to their ability to reason. Reason – the “universal instrument” – is what allows Man to triumph over nature. While all men are capable of reason, few men possess the ability to use reaso...

    Read More
  • Julius Caesar

    ...In the play JULIUS CAESAR Brutus is the most noble character. He stands up for what he believes in, risks his life for Rome, and doesn't seem to be concerned with personal gain. Yet for all of Brutus's good qualities, his troubles stem from his decision to murder a man and his misjudgment about the consequences. Brutus's honor convinces him that...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.