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.
Desire For Power In Act III, scene ii, lines 74-139 of Julius Caesar Antony’s speech portrays a powerful argument which he used to sway the citizens of Rome to side with him. Antony elaborated the truth behind the conspirators actions, which proved to the citizens that Caesar didn’t rule through ambitiousness like Brutus claimed in the speech prior. The scene took place moments after Brutus ' speech to the people claiming that Caesar 's control ultimately ended his reign,which he justified as the betterment of Rome. Shakespeare uses repetition, tone, and hyperbole throughout his speech to demonstrate the major fault in the conspirators plan, ultimately showing Antony’s need for power. The use of repetition in Antony 's speech allows for him to persuade the crowd and enable him to indoctrinate the plebeians causing them to despise the conspirators undertakings and yearn for Caesar’s avengence.
To get their point across to the Roman republic, Brutus and Antony use different kinds of logic, or logos. Brutus approaches the logos part of his speech by pointing out how oppressed the people of Rome would be, had he not killed Caesar; ¨Would you rather that Caesar be alive and you be slaves?¨ (III. ii. L 21-22). Being one of Caesar's best friends, Antony took the angle opposite Brutus; he displayed all the actions that Caesar took to benefit Rome.
In the beginning of his speech, he attempts to gain their trust by saying, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” (3.2.82). This remark now makes the Romans feel as they are all one, as well as Antony. It also confirmed to the Plebeians that he was on their side and was trustworthy. Also in his speech, Antony questions them by asking, “ Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?” (3.2.99). Antony is trying to find out whether they believe if Brutus had a valid reason to assassinate Caeser.
Subsequent to saying that he was offered the crown three times he utilizes Verbal Irony to represent Caesar's unambitious nature on the Roman residents. Antony uses sarcasm by saying "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and sure he is an honorable man" (III.ii.104-105). With these words, Antony skillfully suggests that the citizens should defy the Conspirators, he likewise says that Caesar was not ambitious therefore was an honorable man. Antony influences the plebeians to think as one of the citizens reacts that he supposes "much reason in his sayings" (III.ii.114-115). With this response, the residents delineate their loyalty to Caesar.
This quote, from Brutus, means that his own thoughts and conflicts overwhelm him. In addition, his thoughts and conflicts refer to his idea that if Caesar becomes king, that he will end up harming or endangering Rome. Brutus believes killing Caesar, results to the only solution to help and protect Rome, which relates back to his conflict. Overall, Brutus’ internal conflict involves deciding to kill Caesar, or not, because he does not necessarily want to kill Caesar, but sees it as the only way to protect Rome and its people. His love for Rome and the Roman people proves greater than his love for Caesar, who he somewhat looks to as a friend.
We see this when he steps up and takes control of the conspiracy. He begins telling others what to do, and what not to do. In the text Cassius says, “Let Anthony and Caesar fall together.” Brutus replies “Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius to cut off the head and then hack at the limbs, like wrath in death and envy afterwards; for Anthony is but a limb of Caesar…” to this Trebonius replies “There is no fear in him; let him not die; For he will live, and laugh at this hereafter.” (Act 2, Scene 1) This once again shows Brutus’ convincing ways. Brutus eventually persuades everyone to go along with his own ideas instead of Cassius’, who was the original planner behind the
His use of logical appeals weakened his credibility because it seemed like he was putting the blame on other people instead of taking responsibility for his own actions. Through Brutus 's piece, he uses ethos appeals to build his argument as to why he did the heinous act of helping murder caesar. Two examples of how brutus used ethos appeals can be seen when caesar explains why he made the choice he did. “Not that I loved caesar less, but that I loved rome more.” (shakespeare,3,1) Another example of how brutus tried to use ethos to persuade the people of rome can be seen in stanza four. “Who is here so vile that
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.
In the first act, Cassius sweet-talks Brutus to in order to convince him to consider that Caesar thinks of himself as above everyone. Cassius also writes letters as if they are worried citizens of Rome asking Brutus to fight against Caesar. This pushes Brutus over the edge and convinces him that killing Caesar is the only way to stop his rise. Even though some manipulation by Cassius was used; Brutus already had worries about Caesar before talking with