Mark Antony's speech from act 3 scene 2
In act 3 scene 2 is one of the most famous scenes of Shakespeare’s writing were the citizens are manipulated by Brutus’s speech, but persuaded back Mark Antony’s speech. So it is a very important and effective scene but I’m only going to be focussing on Mark Antony’s speech in this analysation of act 3 scene 2.
His speech constantly says that Brutus is "an honourable man" who has killed Caesar for being too ambitious yet also says that Caesar as the most honourable and generous man of them all. In this way, Antony appears to stick with his friend while respecting the men who stabbed him, when in fact; Antony is trying to get the crowd against Brutus, Cassius and the other conspirators.
Mark Antony says that he still respect Caesar by saying “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” This show that he is respecting him and respect the thing he would deserve when someone has died. So he is giving him a funeral. But in a way I believe he saying that Caesar is worthy of revenge. In Mark Antony’s speech he talks about what Caesar did in the past “You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse.” I think he does this too make the crowd remember Caesar and think to them self that he wasn’t as bad as Brutus said he was.
Mark Antony in his speech uses a lot of rhetorical questions, which he also does which some repeat to make it more effective and persuasive “Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?” Which I think when he repeats it influences the crowd much more than when he only says it once
because the question sticks in your head and it makes you listen to him more.
The use of rhetorical questions in Antony's speech causes the crowd to question what they believed. "You loved him once, not without cause. What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?” This ...
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