Marc Antony gives his speech at Caesar’s funeral to the citizens of Rome. The purpose of his speech is to prove to the citizens that Brutus is wrong and Caesar shouldn’t have been killed. The tone of his speech is very ironic. It also gets very dramatic as he talks about Caesar being killed. Marc Antony uses repetition throughout to strengthen his speech.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar William Shakespeare “Honorable men…” Marc Antony. After Caesar’s murder, the conspirators gather with Marc Antony, Caesar’s right hand man and best friend, to discuss what they want to do to justify their killing of Julius Caesar. They decide to let their leader, the first to stab Caesar in the back, Brutus speech at the funeral and gain the appeal of the people of Rome so they won’t be killed just like Julius Caesar. They also allow Marc Antony to speak at the funeral because the conspirators believe that Marc Antony is on their side. What they don’t know is that Marc Antony is seeking revenge for his friend’s murder and intends to rile up the people of Rome against Brutus and his gang.
Speeches: Brutus vs Antony Paraphrasing Brutus Speech: Main Ideas: Brutus talks about how the killing of Caesar is justified, because he wasn’t good for the romans. He also tells them why he had to kill Caesar, and why it was good for Rome to be rid of Caesar forevermore. Paraphrasing: Be patient till I speak my last word. Romans, listen to my cause, And be quiet, so you can hear. Believe me, I’m honorable, and respect me, so that you will believe.
After the assassination of Julius Caesar in, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, two men come before the people of Rome with much to say. Those two men are Brutus and Mark Antony. Even though a these men 's speeches have come after the same terribly tragedy they both have very different things to say. Rome was being torn between two sides of a dispute, to forgive the murder of Julius or destroy him. Brutus was a man who honestly believed that by killing Julius Caesar he was doing right by the people of Rome.
One important example is when Cassius is trying to get Brutus to join the conspiracy. Instead of using weapons to force him to help, he convinces Brutus with his words. Even though everything Cassius says is not truthful and he uses Brutus’ ego to help, Brutus believes him and agrees with him. This proves what something simple as a few words can do. After Caesar’s death, Brutus makes a speech that convinces everyone that what he did was right.
Antony wants to remind the Romans that he is credible for speaking of Caesar “that love my friend, and that they know full well, that gave me public leave to speak of him” (III.ii.215-216) Antony uses ethos after telling the Romans everything to convince them in being against that conspirators’ that he can speak of Caesar because he was a close friend of Caesar. Antony convinces the Romans to retribute the conspirators’ for what they have done “In every wound of Caesar that should move the stones of Rome to rise and mutiny” (III.ii.225-226) Antony wants revenge and is convincing the Romans to riot by using pathos. Antony wants the Romans to feel sorry about Caesar’s death “here was a Caesar! When comes such another?” (III.ii.248) Antony uses pathos here to make the Romans think and feel that there’s not going to be another Caesar and now Caesar is killed so it is a major loss to Rome. He also asks a rhetorical question to prove his point that there is only one
The crowd are on board until Marc Anthony speaks out in defense of Caesar, revealing Caesar’s will that granted part of his wealth to the Roman people. The crowd rallies against the conspirators and drive them out of Rome. Brutus and Cassius retreat to Sardis and plan to fight together against a newly formed triumvirate between Marc Anthony, Octavius, and Lepidus. Brutus and Cassius have a personal quarrel after finding out that Cassius has been taking bribes. Brutus and Cassius reconcile, after Brutus tells Cassius that his wife Portia committed suicide following their retreat from Rome.
Brutus uses a certain phrase in his speech towards the end where he says, “I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.” (line #45-47) This phrase has double meaning because Brutus says this statement expecting the crowd to say they want him to live. Antony, however, has a double meaning phrase that is very different. His phrase is also towards the end of his speech. “Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it. It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.
By refusing to read the will several times and admitting that what it contains will cause the people to have such a great love for Caesar that knowing he is now dead will be unbearable, Antony ignites curiosity in the people and furthermore, a subconscious feeling of respect and graciousness toward Caesar. Basically, Antony uses Caesar’s will to convince the people that Caesar was a selfless, kind-hearted man and those who killed him should be ashamed and punished for killing an innocent man. Through Antony’s use of paralipsis, he is able to plant a seed of admiration for Caesar and one of hate for the conspirators in the hearts of the plebeians. In his speech to the citizens, Antony also asks many rhetorical questions to cause his audience to pause and reflect on how they really feel, or how Antony wants them to feel, about certain people and events that have recently become important. In one instance.
I loved reading the play "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" it was full of DRAMA. It was about friendship,loyalty, and betrayal that got the whole play going. Caesar was assassinated by his good friend Brutus; therefore that was betrayal of a friend. The reason Brutus and some fellow people killed him was because they believed that he was going to be a tryant, which was a person that takes control of everything, and would not want to share power. Each Person in the crime to kill Caesar stabbed him in the chest; therefore killing him.