A Summary Of Act III Scene 2 Of Julius Caesar

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Act III Scene 2 of Julius Caesar directly follows the scene where Brutus and the other conspirators murder Rome’s leader and general, Julius Caesar. In this scene, Brutus is speaking to a large crowd of citizens, explaining that he killed Caesar not out of hatred, but out of his love for Rome. Marc Antony then enters carrying Caesar’s body; he says that Caesar actually loved his citizens, and even reads them Caesar’s will. Both of these speeches drastically change the opinion of the crowd, which implies that they have fallen victim to mob mentality. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, mob (herd) mentality means “the tendency for people's behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong” (Oxford Dictionaries). Various literary devices used in Act III Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and visual elements used in the film Julius Caesar (1953) highlight the fact that the crowd has fallen victim to mob mentality, which suggests that Rome would be better off they had a strong government, lead by a exemplary figure like Julius Caesar. Literary devices used in Act III Scene 2 of Julius Caesar show that the crowd has fallen victim to mob mentality. Shakespeare uses carefully chosen, emotive diction to show that the citizens aren’t thinking rationally, but rather based on emotion. For example, on lines 179-180 Marc Antony says, “Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all” (Montgomery 71). Here, he describes to the citizens how Caesar reacted as his dear friend Brutus stabbed him; Antony has convinced the Roman citizens not by reasoning with them honestly, but by taking advantage of their emotions, all to support his political goals. Another example, on lines 199-200 all the plebeians say, “Revenge! About! Seek! Burn! Fire! Kill! Slay! Let not a traitor live!” (Montgomery 72). The fact that the crowd is so emotional (in this case, angry) means that the people can’t be thinking clearly or rationally; the use of brutal and emotive action words such as “fire,” “kill,” and “slay” only emphasizes this point. In additon, what is most concerning is just how quickly the crowd switches from being against Brutus, to supporting him, to lastly

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