Brutus intends to justify his actions, and gain the support of the Roman people. Opposite him, Antony seeks revenge for his friend and aims to make the people feel pity for Caesar and anger for Brutus. Ethos means credibility, and between Antony and Brutus, they have a lot of it. Brutus is a noble, honourable man and Antony was Julius Caesar’s best friend, so they are respected citizens in Rome. Brutus starts out his speech by saying “Believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour…” (III.
Caesar was loved by the majority thus, almost worshiped because of the light and greatness he has brought to the beloved city of Rome. Every decision and every move that was made by him was considered the right path. "My heart laments that virtue cannot live out of the teeth of emulation" is a quote said by one of Caesar's admirers; this quote creates a wedge between the two views people had about him. The minority, or the dangerously bright group, marked this Roman as unjust, evil, corrupt and a tyrant to be. Also, a man of lies that uses his people's love for his own benefit; this group had these thoughts for the sake of not wanting a greedy and dreadful dictator or simply being jealous.
Antony begins by stating the reasons why Caesar wasn’t ambitious, but a kind, loving friend. For example, “He was my friend, faithful, and just to me,/But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man./He hath brought many captives home to Rome,/Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill./Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?/When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;/Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” (III.ii.94-101). By saying this, Antony informs the audience of his and Caesar’s relationship and mocks the way Brutus repeated how Caesar was ambitious frequently in his eulogy. Antony then provided evidence of the opposite. He says that, although he kept captives for ransom, he cries for the poor.
He was courageous when killing Caesar for the people of Rome. He had integrity when making unselfish decisions and joining the conspiracy only for the citizens. Lastly, he was kind when making choices no matter how risky, but only with good intentions of others. The citizens of Rome craved the leadership of someone with courage, integrity, and kindness Brutus possessed. Brutus was the leader who could step up to the plate and be
Antony was talking about how honorable Brutus is but as he gets to talking about how Brutus kills him, he states “He was your friend, faithful and just to me” (2.2.13). Antony knew how great of a friend was to him, but Caesar being a king would change all of that. Caesar would be a different man, and not as faithful toward Antony. When Brutus speaks and his first words were “be patient till the last” (2.2.1). Brutus wants the people to listen to his reason, and not think he is a murderer but a man with a quest.
However, Antony quickly averts the audience's thoughts. The people question why they had suddenly began to show hate towards Caesar when Antony says “you all did love him once, not without cause:/ What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? (3.2.111-113)” Ambition is often mentioned throughout the play and has a deep role in the events that take place. Brutus tries extensively to make himself sound heroic in order to gain more honor. He continues by saying “as he was/ valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I/ slew him (3.2.27-28).” Through these words he shows the people what he is capable of doing and how conflicts must be resolved.
He made so many sacrifices for his country. Brutus’ most notable sacrifice was Caesar. He was torn between his love for Rome and his love for Caesar, but in the end his affection was bound with Rome. “Not that I lov’d Caesar less, but that I lov’d Rome more” (3.2.21). After the assassination, Brutus left his home and his wife and fought in the civil war that had taken Rome for a spin.
It takes a lot of pride and courage to get in front of people that loved Caesar. It is also brave and show pride when he says why he killed him “ Not that I loved Caesar less, butt simply that I loved Rome more. He is showing his pride and love for Rome. Also showing is love and pride for the citizens of Rome. Brutus had so much pride for himself and Rome that he would kill his own friend because he
Then he uses kairos, or correct timing, in his speech. He allows Brutus to speak before him, which gives him the opportunity to rebut Brutus’s argument. Antony’s entire argument hinges on providing examples to contradicting Brutus’s initial claim that Caesar was ambitious. If we think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, and the repeated emphasis in that speech on one phrase. Antony does the same thing with the phrase "For Brutus is an honorable man, / So are they all, all honorable men" or "But Brutus says he was ambitious, / And Brutus is an honorable man."
He states, (1.2 84-89)“ What is it that you would impart to me?/ If it be aught toward the general good, / Set honour in one eye and death i' the other, / And I will look on both indifferently, / For let the gods so speed me as I love, / The name of honour more than I fear death.” . Through this the audience learns Brutus values his honor over everything and would go as far as dying for it. The audience learns Cassius is a leader and does not believe any of his equals have the right to be above to him. It is apparent Cassius declares Caesar as his equal when he states, (1.2 99-101) “ I was born as free as Caesar, so were you. / We both have fed as well, and we can both / Endure the winter’s cold as well as he”.