Unformatted text preview: I prose. In his writing and speech, he used many tactics which lined them with ornate wording to in effort to sway his audience. In the On one occasion, he culminate the people to go against the conspirators and support him and Caeser's goals. He commences the oration by addressing the commoners as "Friends" because he wants to come to them as an ally rather than a power-hungry ruler. He then declares, "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him", thus he can ease in praises of Caesar without the crowd hindering him. With a most sincere tone, he says, "The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious.... For Brutus is an honorable man." He repeats that statement three more times, becoming increasingly sarcastic, saying finally, "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and sure he was an honorable man." Inasmuch the people reacted positively to Brutus's speech, Antony could not offend Brutus's integrity in a direct manner. Antony continues with his hock to the conspirators by calling them, "all honorable men", but the crowd feels a sense of mockery each time he dresses them with such respectful word. While he tells the audience that Brutus is noble, therefore his deeds must be noble; he also evokes that Caesar's death was wrongful. But by saying two opposing statements: Brutus is an honorable man, and Caesars death was wrongful; Antony rises uncertainty and confusion in the commoners' minds. Antony is then capable of building on this doubt and continue persuading the common class of Rome. He then declares, "You [the crowd] all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?" This question goes opposed to Brutus by casting doubt on his speech in which he so greatly demonized and debased Caesar. The crowd, who at first was sided with the conspirators, start to turn against them and adhere to the words of Antony. Still, Antony refutes Caesar's ambition with three examples. One is when he gave the ransom of captives to the public treasury and not his own, another when he cried with the poor people, and finally when he refused the kingship that Antony offered him,three times. Anyone who was so hungry would never have taken the routes Caesar trekked. Antony says, "I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke", but that is exactly what he does. Caesar's supposed ambition was one of Brutus's main keys into swaying the public thought in his direction. So, one of the biggest points Antony ardantly tries to convey throughout the oration is that Brutus is unjust in his supposition that Caesar was desirous of success. He does this by bringing up precise occurances to refute Brutus. One said example is when Caesar brought home myriad war treasures for the general people; a selfish, ambitious Caesar would have saved the treasure for himself: "He [Caesar] hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill." Antony also exemplifies a very non-emulous Caesar when Caesar, in fact, refused the crown: "I thrice presented him [Caesar] a kingly crown which he did thrice refuse." A rejection of a dictator-like status illustrates a person quite contrary to what Brutus boasts as Caesar. Antony is using a dramatic effect on the people, initially by arriving on the stage with the body of Caesar, and at the completion stating that his heart remains with the body of Caesar, ending his oration in tears. In vindicating Caesar and discreditin Brutus, the commoners see Antony as a potential successor to Caesar. They are swayed to him by his dramatic behaviour, his underhanded way of proving points, his repetutation, and his compelling proof of Caesar's concern. He is capable of getting the people to ponder the rightness of slaying Caesar. He has cast doubt in the people's minds, in all regions excluding that he, Antony, the "poor soul", is an honorable. Even though in his speech Antony never directly calls the conspirators traitors, he is able to call them "honorable" in a sarcastic manner that the crowd is able to understand. He starts out by citing that Caeser had refused the crown three times, which refutes the conspirators main cause for killing Caesar. He reminds them of Caesar's kindness and love for all, humanizing Caesar as innocent. Next he teases them with the will until they demand he read it, and he reveals Caesar's 'gift' to the citizens. Finally, Marc Antony, leaves them with the question was there ever a greater one than Caesar?, which infuriates the crowd. Marc Antony is able to eloquently manipulate the crowd through remarkable rhetoric skills and turn them against the 'honorable men.' His speech was truly one of the most renowned and premium example of articulation and delivery....
View Full Document
This note was uploaded on 11/20/2010 for the course HISTORY 250 taught by Professor Piper during the Spring '10 term at Piedmont College.
- Spring '10