In doing so, Antony effectively obeys the letter of his agreement without yielding to its spirit. Third Citizen There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony. He has an advantage over Brutus before he even speaks. Third Citizen Let him go up into the public chair; We'll hear him. Second Citizen They were villains, murderers: the will! To that extent Antony had truth on his side, making him concrete and real rather then abstract, and with this aided in his successful victory. Enter a Servant How now, fellow! O, what a fall was there, my countrymen! In fact, this speech is very beautiful and substantial from a stylistic point of view, but it also reveals an impressive political strategy and a remarkable talent for communication, which were veracious according to history.
To every Roman citizen he gives, To every several man, seventy-five drachmas. The crowd now knows his views and agrees, but he has to ally himself with them definitely. Take thou what course thou wilt. You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? Servant Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome. First Citizen O piteous spectacle! Goes into the pulpit Fourth Citizen What does he say of Brutus? It might as well be the same with Caesar. His speech appealed to ones emotions and used many rhetorical devices. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; often So let it be with Caesar.
They were led to believe that Caesar was a tyrant and so when Marc Antony ascended to speak they were already hostile to his argument. Antony then hypothesizes to raise the crowd against the conspirators. What do you feel is the most successful point made by Antony? There is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honour for his valour; and death for his ambition. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: --Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Can you follow his plan? He can communicate with the crowd very well. I pause for a reply.
Third Citizen You shall have leave. Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar, And let me show you him that made the will. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. He denies that Caesar wanted to make himself king, for there were many who witnessed the latter's denying the crown three times. The crowd thinks that the conspirators were not honorable, therefore they believe that mutiny would be acceptable. Second Citizen I will hear Cassius; and compare their reasons, When severally we hear them rendered.
Third Citizen O royal Caesar! He uses a range of rhetorical devices to manipulate the crowd. Now he raised their pity he uses the ultimate trick : the testament. I do entreat you, not a man depart, Save I alone, till Antony have spoke. Third Citizen O woful day! This language technique is commonly know as phatic language. So, even though both speeches are very powerful and persuasive Julius Caesar ends up as a tragedy because the man that is honourable and humble becomes the one the crowd turn against. To be sure, Antony does not have it easy. Antony tries to establish a link, to appear trustworthy.
With this I depart,--that, as 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. Brutus, one of the main assassins, talks to the mob and persuades them to understand that they are at an advantage without Caesar, the tyrant, as the dictator of Rome. Antony was infuriated with Caesar's assassination, and wants to seek revenge on his killers as well as gain power for himself in Rome's government. You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it. He then died a year late in 429 B. Fourth Citizen 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here.
Antony understands the needs and wants of the people and uses this to prey upon their emotions and passions. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an honourable man. Second Citizen I will hear Cassius; and compare their reasons, When severally we hear them rendered. You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? But Antony will spark doubt in people's minds, the sentence becomes more and more sarcastic, and then the murder will not seem legitimate any more. Cassius, go you into the other street, And part the numbers. Third Citizen Nay, that's certain: We are blest that Rome is rid of him.
He would not take the crown; Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious. At first, the funeral speeches seem to have no true significant meaning. To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you, Than I will wrong such honorable men. What cause withholds you then to mourn for him? You all do know this mantle: I remember The first time ever Caesar put it on; 'Twas on a summer's evening, in his tent, That day he overcame the Nervii: Look, in this place ran Cassius' dagger through: See what a rent the envious Casca made: Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd; And as he pluck'd his cursed steel away, Mark how the blood of Caesar follow'd it, As rushing out of doors, to be resolved If Brutus so unkindly knock'd, or no; For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel: Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! How would you read these words throughout the speech? The speech could serve as a thematic synopsis to Julius Caesar. It is as if he is saying he has died along with Caesar. Julius Caesar was a very important figure at this time as he was a very successful general who helped spread the Roman Empire and after his defeat of his political rival Pompey, he took on the role of becoming a dictator of Rome. In the face of sheer defeat Antony wins and Brutus and Cassius commit suicide.
He must understand the disposition of the audience in order to successfully persuade his audience that Caesar truly was an ambitious man. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an honourable man. Antony, when he is introduced in Act 1 is running a traditional race on the Lupercal and is asked to touch Calpurnia by Caesar, who is referring to a superstition at the time that the touch of a runner in the race could cause a woman… 655 Words 3 Pages Loyalty and Justice in Julius Caesar In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, one must read the text closely to track the shifting motivations and loyalties of each character as the play progresses. Second Citizen We will be revenged. The sarcastic catch phrase helps Marc Antony turn the plebeian mob against Brutus and the conspirers. Second Citizen If thou consider rightly of the matter, Caesar has had great wrong.