A Comparison of Speeches by Brutus and Antony in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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A Comparison of Speeches by Brutus and Antony in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

This historic play which was written by William Shakespeare in the 16 century as a play is in fact based on older history dating back to time before Christ. When the roman empire was the most powerful in the world and a man named Julius Caesar was the roman statesman and general who ruled it.

William Shakespeare however changes the historic accounts to some point in order for the Elizabethan audience of that time to fully understand and appreciate the story, as well to make it more entertaining. Like us Elizabethans wanted excitement and entertainment in their lives. People of all backgrounds rich and poor
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“Not that I loved Caesar less but

that I loved Rome more”

He gains their sympathy in saying this. To achieve his goals, Brutus techniques were simple logical and rational, just like him. Brutus speech is very formal and controlled. It seems that all the sentences are perfectly structured.

Although he did a very good job at explaining to the confused crowd that murdering Caesar was for the good of Rome, he still hadn’t won them over yet.

He then asks rhetorically if the people would want to live their lives as salves under Caesar’s rule or would they prefer to live as freeman with Caesar’s dead.

In asking a question like this, he’s making it hard for the crowd to answer without making it seem as if they are traitors and to anyone insulted by his speech he poses the question;

“Who is here so base that would be a bondman?”

He stresses the point, by using emotive language, repeating the line;

“If any speak, for have I offended”

Then goes on to say: “I pause for a reply”. This allows them to respond to his rhetorical questions, giving them an even greater sense that he cares about them and their opinions. They can only respond;

“None, Brutus, none”

They do not disagree or argue with his words or actions.

Mark Anthony makes a big entrance with the body of Caesar. This has a huge impact on the crowd and Brutus is forced to leave