When he murder Caesar, Brutus use rhetoric, figures of speech, to win over the hearts of people, discredit Caesar’s reputation, and maybe gain some creditability for himself. When this occurred, Brutus announced that he would allow Antony to make a speech for the people after Brutus won over the crowd. In Brutus speech, he mentions to the people why Caesar was better dead than alive. This reason Brutus gave was Caesar was too ambitious and not fitted for a leader. Well, in Antony’s oration he did what he promised, not to point out who murder Caesar, however he wanted his fellow Romans to bring justice to Caesar and prove that Caesar was not ambitious but noble.
It is ironic as Caesar and Brutus were close friends and since Brutus stabbed him this makes Brutus Caesar’s angle of death. Antony uses repetition to persuade the audience “Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man”-(Lines 83-84/90-91/95-96). This is to makes the people question Brutus’ honor and if Caesar was truly ambitious. Brutus also uses repetition in this speech; “For him have I offended”- (Lines26-27/28/29/32) followed by a gesture about rome. He does this to convince the people that they should not be offended by him because he killed Caesar, as he does this with Rome’s best interest at heart.
In Act III, Scene II, Brutus speaks to the masses and explains why Caesar had to be slain for the good of Rome. Then, Brutus leaves and Antony speaks to the citizens. A far better judge of human nature than Brutus, Antony cleverly manages to turn the crowd against the conspirators by telling them of Caesar's good works and his concern for the people. Another hideous act of the mob was the killing of Cinna the poet. They realize that he is the wrong Cinna, but they are so enraged, they slay him anyway.
What a Tragedy In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare there are more than one tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character that falls from good fortune and is enlightened of their mistakes by the end of the story. In this play several conspirators are going against Caesar in fear of him becoming the next king of Rome. They decide to kill him on the ides of March in the senate house and then to play it off as a favor to the people of Rome. Mark Antony then speaks to the people to seek revenge on the conspirators, when this happens, Brutus and Cassius lead an army against Antony and both Brutus and Cassius die.
Throughout the play, Brutus shows very knowledgeable, perceptive, and noble qualities toward the Roman Democracy. At first glance, Brutus is condemned for murdering his best friend, which is a hard concept to comprehend as being noble, but all that he did, he did for the good of Rome. Furthermore, Antony’s opinion of Brutus changes from pure despite and detestation, to honor, and respect, after he realizes the reasoning that Brutus had “‘Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more./ Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves,/ Than that Caesar were dead and live all free men?’” (III.ii.21-22). This statement is spoken to the crowd, in regards to the assassination of Caesar. Here, Brutus is explaining to the people that he did not kill Caesar for his own personal gain, but for the good of Rome.
Caesar was the absolute power but because Rome had experienced a cruel tyrant Tarquin who enslaved the Romans, everyone was scared of this happening again. The role of the common people was important as if they offered light relief for the audience but more importantly provided the key for avenging Caesars death. Brutus and Mark Antony knew that the crowd could be manipulated and exploited this using various but subtle techniques which influenced the crowd. When the conspirators killed Caesar Brutus and Mark Antony made speeches about Caesar and the event of the killing. Brutus went first and used "Romans, countrymen and lovers" He puts Romans first as he killed Caesar for the good of Rome.
Marcus Brutus, the leader of the conspirators, believed he needed to kill Caesar before he became emperor for the good of the people. He says, “And therefore think of him as a serpent’s egg Which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous, And kill him in the shell.” (Act II. sc i. Lines 32-35). The conspirators believed Caesar was too ambitious and would cause the downfall of Rome.
Manipulation influences decisions and changes others’ thoughts. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, manipulative language acts prominently between the characters. Brutus struggles to decide if the safety of the Roman Republic appears more important than his friendship with Julius Caesar. Cassius tries to persuade him to join the conspiracy that decides to kill Caesar. Envious of Julius Caesar’s power, the Senators believes that when Caesar becomes ruler, the change of government forever affects Rome.
After Brutus had given a reasonable speech convincing the people Caesar had to die for he was an ambitious man, but being naïve he left to many holes in his explanation. This speech temporarily would give protection to him and the conspirators. Antony then enters with the body of Caesar and Brutus leaves the Forum. Antony then begins to give his well-constructed speech, which is a work of rhetorical irony itself. Progressively throughout the speech, Antony repetition of the words honorable and ambitious prosing questions into the mind of the Roman citizens.
Mark Antony wants Caesar’s Death to be avenged and the conspirators dead. If Caesar wouldn’t have died then would Mark Antony eventually betray him and kill him for power? Mans worst enemy is himself. Mark Antony went thirsty for power and his anger over the death of a great leader lead him to start a civil war in Rome. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.