Pre-AP English II
Marc Anthony Speech Analysis
At the scene of his friend Julius Caesar (who reigned as a dictator from October 49BC till March 15, 44BC) lying dead at his feet, Mark Anthony promises to himself that his injustice death cause by the daggers of his conspirators such as Brutus who Caesar once called friends would not be forgotten and he would avenge Caesars death. This unforgettable promise was made in the play Julius Caesar written by the English play writer William Shakespeare. He portrays the character of Mark Anthony, a man who will seek revenge by persuading massive crowds with his magnificent oratory and psychological skills such as making the crowd see all the positive impact that Caesar did and using his will. These skills will bring the turning point and downfall of Brutus and the rest of the conspirators without them seeing it coming. Before starting his speech he promised the conspirators to make them look like heroes, and through-out the speech March Anthony makes them think he is on their side when in reality he is in the other side. Through-out the speech he reuses the word “honorable men” after describing an achievement of Caesar. This led the crowd to think and discover the sarcasm behind it. He then tenses the situation using more rhetorical terms which lead up to the ending of the speech. At the end of the speech Marc Anthony uses the word “traitors” to excite the crowd for revenge and let the conspirators know in which team he really is in. As mention before Marc Anthony uses different rhetorical questions to sway the crowd. He speaks of Caesars greatness defending him from Brutus statements, “Hath told you he was ambitious.” He then explains everything he did do overthrow the meaning of Brutus statement. During the second part Marc Anthony begins to tease the crowd using the will of Julius. As he restrains himself from reading it due to the cause of his unfair death it grows the need for revenge in the crowd more. In conclusion Anthony was a great man who did everything that was needed to get what he wanted and went more than beyond to reach for it.
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