Mark Antony And Brutus Speech Analysis

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Both Brutus and Mark Antony were dear friends with Julius Caesar, that had been emphasized heavily throughout both of their speeches, though much more so in Brutus's speech. But yet, this would not stop Brutus from killing Caesar. Throughout all of Brutus's speech, he would keep insinuating that there was no one that had loved Caesar more than Brutus himself. "As Caesar lov’d me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him." Three out of the four statements in that sentence was Brutus saying that he was with Caesar no matter the situation; That he and Caesar had been connected on an emotional level. While doing this, he would yet again give you the feeling that there was no one closer to Caesar than Brutus. Brutus would also claim that Caesar's death was for the good of Rome, that Caesar himself was a danger to Rome and its citizens due to him being too ambitious. By saying this, Brutus is also giving you the impression that Caesar had been consumed by greed, that his love of Rome had faded, and that Caesar was beyond saving. "...If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I lov’d Caesar less, but that I lov’d Rome more." During that sentence, although he had contradicted himself about loving Caesar less, he did it in such a way that it would remain smooth, while still being very powerful. Later, he would do something quite ingenious. He would make a statement in such a way that if anyone were to speak against Brutus, they would most likely be shamed or looked down upon by their peers. "Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak, for him I have offended." At the end of his speech, Brutus ... ... middle of paper ... ...about his motive for killing Caesar in the first place. Mark Antony's audience was most likely a smarter group of individuals, due to how heavy his speech was and how it was delivered. Overall, I believe Brutus had a better target audience for his speech. Thanks to his target audience, he was able to justify killing Caesar and not be opposed by his peers while doing so. But with all that said, I believe that Mark Antony had the better overall speech. While Brutus's speech was very repetitive about his love for Caesar and how Caesar was too ambitious, Mark Antony made sure that you question Brutus's motives, and also made sure you know that Caesar's "ambitions" were not half as corrupt as Brutus had made him out to be. So in the end, Mark Antony had an all around better speech than Brutus, allowing me to see through Antony’s point of view better than through Brutus’s.

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