Double Meaning Of Speech In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Both of the speeches are equally important to the plot of Julius Caesar but they’re both incredibly different in so many ways. Many differences are present such as: their position during their speeches, the speaker’s purpose, and the crowd’s reaction just to name a few. The position of a speaker while they’re talking to a single person or many people is very important because it shows the connection the speakers feels towards whoever he or she is speaking to. Brutus, for example, didn’t show that much of a genuine connection with the crowd because he was standing above the crowd and looking down upon him versus Antony who showed that genuine connection by walking amongst the crowd. A speaker’s purpose is definitely…show more content…
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. You are not wood, you are not stones, but men; and being men, hearing the will of Caesar, it will inflame you, it will make you mad.” (line #141-145) This phrase has a double meaning because Antony says it to purposefully inflame the crowd and get them rowdy because they want to hear what Caesar had to say in his will. To conclude this analyzation of Brutus’s and Antony’s funeral speeches, even though both men shared the same purpose of their speeches, both of the speeches differ majorly from one another in many points that were addressed within the speech such as: emotion, tone, reaction from crowd, position, repetitive phrases, main points, and double meaning words that were found within the
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