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Mark Antony's Speech

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The tale of the great Julius Caesar, especially his death, is fraught with conspiracies, betrayals, and attempts to keep a latch on a failing system of honor. In Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, the Roman emperor's death and its aftershocks are shown no better than in Marc Antony's oration when the elite's silver tongue convinces the Roman general populace to turn against the ill-fated conspirators. With his skillful wordplay; Antony appeals to the crowd's easily shifting allegiances, lust for wealth, and sense of honor, eventually pushing them to fight the conspirators.

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Using pathos to play on the crowd's emotions, Antony appeals to the crowd's empathetic nature and fond memories of Caesar to not only turn the soil but also root the seed in deeply. Trashing Brutus' reputation, Marc Antony leads the crowd back to an earlier point in the play, "I thrice presented him a kingly crown,/ which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?/ Yet Brutus says he was ambitious/ And Brutus is an honourable man," once again showing Caesar's complete lack of ambition (JC II.ii.95-98). Painting Caesar as a humble man in this quote, Antony casts the late emperor in a hue of vibrant colors, alighting him with the coloring of a noble commoner, one who takes naught but what he deserves, and utterly connecting the great emperor with his former subjects forming a pact of both logos and pathos with a smidge of ethos.

Verging from utterly destroying Brutus' reputation to targeting the audience themselves with guilt, a humble aura, and appeals to their greed, Antony continues his oration with an aura of visible pain and grief furthering the crowd's appreciation for him, perhaps even more than the words he speaks. Force-feeding the public their own sense of harrowing guilt and thrashing regret, Antony says, "But yesterday the word of Caesar might/ Have stood against the world; now he lies there,/ And none so poor to do him reverence" (JC III.ii.117-120). Like a caring parent, Antony admonishes the public for forgetting Caesar after all the worth they held for him, as they let go of the late emperor with naught but passing vitriol and ill wishes. In contrast, in later lines, Antony lends both credence to himself and the public while snatching it back with the other hand: "I will not do them wrong; I rather choose/ to wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,/ Than I will wrong such honourable men" (JC III.ii.124-126). Antony exhibits a very playful nature, at least when it comes to playing with fire. In this quote, the flames roar high, with their red essence just barely avoiding the orator with his silver-tongued words symbolizing the conspirator's sense of anger and betrayal. As the inferno licks the soles of his feet, Antony brazenly jumps into the heart of the blaze, catching both the crowds and himself in the combustion. With the words he speaks, Antony steadily fans the fire, especially with those last lines in which Antony essentially says that the conspirators think they are more than the public, better than those of the common wealth and so he will not wrong them. Instead, he will wrong myself, them the public, and the dead, for those men are inherently better than all. With his face inches from the fire, Antony pulls back only to launch himself forward; however, not before casting Brutus and the other conspirators before him. The blaze heightens even more with the next lines Antony speaks, "I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it./ I fear I wrong the honourable men/ Whose daggers have stabbed Caesar; I do fear it" (JC...

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