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Comapring the Speeches of Mark Antony and Brutus in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

The play 'Julius Caesar' reaches a peak of tension at the point of the
two speeches, and so it would seem whichever speech was enjoyed more
by the crowd would make the speaker the more popular. This was in fact
the case in the play. Mark Antony used better techniques of speech
than Brutus and he prevailed in the end.

After the conspirators have killed Caesar, Brutus agrees to let Antony
perform a speech, which Brutus thought would be a eulogy. Antony's
speech would be after Brutus' and Brutus hoped that the crowd would
understand his reasons, though this was secondary to his hope of a
better Rome. We know that Brutus is respected by the audience, and is
someone who the audience will give their time to. He was an
established and well-loved member of the Roman society. The crowd say
"We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied," which I understand as the
crowd saying tell us your reasons, you will tell us. Another citizen
goes on to say "I will hear Brutus speak" which gives an example of
the tolerance by the crowd towards Brutus, despite the fact he has
killed their ruler, they still are willing to go along with him,
provided they agree with his reasoning. The final quotation of
tolerance towards Brutus is "The noble Brutus is ascended. Silence!"
which shows they have respect for him, they call him noble, and a
citizen tells the crowd to be silent, to give Brutus a chance to
speak. Brutus now goes on to explain himself and tries to persuade the
crowd to agree with him and Cassius. This speech enthrals the crowd
for some time, despite the fact that t...


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...s that the whole of Rome could
fall as a result of the loss of Caesar.

Antony continues on to fix Brutus as the primary leader of the
conspiracy. He leaves the crowd with no option but to seek revenge on
Brutus and the rest of the conspirators. He has created a mob and they
are his mob. They go away to bury Caesar and to seek out the
conspirators.

So we have seen the different techniques used by the two opposing
parties, and we can deduct that the more effective was by far
Antony's. Partly because he could pick apart Brutus' speech and negate
Brutus' views from an early stage, but mostly because he knew what
would incite the crowd and make them feel hatred towards Brutus.
Brutus' biggest mistake was trusting that Antony was "a limb of
Caesar" and not thinking that Antony could seek revenge with his new
mob.


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