Mark Anthony Speech In Julius Caesar

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Influential words can alter one's perspective, after having a set mindset for positive intentions. In Julius Caesar, a book by Shakespeare, Mark Anthony delivers a speech in Caesar's funeral with intentions that would alter the plebeians perspective of Brutus, and Brutus´s speech. Brutus had formerly convinced the group while speaking that his main purpose for killing caesar was for the best of Rome, and that Caesar, the emperor, was unfit for Rome. As a senator and friend to Caesar, Mark Anthony believes that's bogus, and has promised to Caesar and himself, that he will seek to get the praise and honor that Caesar deserves. When someone fights to get their message across, they use syntax, diction.. to persuade a strong group of people to…show more content…
In the beginning of Antony's speech he uses ¨I come to bury caesar, not to praise him´´(3.2.82). This quote probably might throw a listener off, because the common thought would be Anthony came to speak about his friend, and say the truth about him, praise him. However he strays away from this, and he immediately claims he's not there to praise him. Anthony´s action portray him trying to grasp the people´s attention. He's trying to gain their trust. He uses syntax, to basically word the trust phrase differently. If a rearrangement of the words were done it would be ¨I come to praise him, not to bury him¨. What Anthony actually came for while speaking towards the plebeians. However he can't say this specifically towards the people because he wants to open his speech with affability. He wants the people to know he's with them, and that they should trust him. If Anthony wanted his 2nd line in his speech the way he meant it then the people would have not lend him their ears. The purpose of this syntax was to spellbound the listeners, and gain their trust. This appeals to their emotions, pathos. He wants them to feel he understands them, that they're on the same boat, and that he's capable to be trusted. Brutus previously had said negative remarks about Caesar, and Antony has to lower the importance or value of the remarks, by…show more content…
¨The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones;”(3.2.84-85). Here he attempts to say that when men die, only the negative stays in one's head, and the good actions are forgotten or buried with them. This example of personification, goes with figurative language because he gives human qualities, to state that evil lives, meaning it has life. The good must die, as if it were a dead person. He also uses Pathos, to claim Caesar not a cruel guy, he was a remarkable guy, but plebeians all forgot that because Brutus only put negative ideas in there head. Brutus has enforced in the plebeians that Caesar claims to not have potential for Rome, and therefore Anthony says ¨The good is oft interred with their bones¨. Anthony tries to convey to their emotions that if they listen to Brutus that they're wrong, and nobody wants to know that they're wrong. Anthony knows Caesar, and tries to tell the Plebeians he had a purpose that deserved to live on. His claim in the line destroys Brutus´s remark that Caesar lacks the potential to continue for
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