Analysis Of Mark Antony 's ' Julius Caesar '

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Patrick Horan Ms. Weichert English 9 Honors 17 September 2015 Mark Antony In his play, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare uses Mark Antony to develop the theme that one can be driven by his lust for power to deceive those around him. Through his conflicting motivations and interactions, Antony shows his true colors as a man that will stop at nothing to have power, even living a lie to become close with those in high places. Mark Antony develops the theme that one can be driven by his lust for power to deceive those around him in Acts 1, 2, and 3. Antony doesn’t have many lines in the first two acts, but even with this lack of dialogue on his part, it is evident that he is very close with Julius Caesar. In Act 1, Caesar even goes to cheer on Antony at the foot races during Lupercal. At the same event, Mark Antony offered Caesar “a kingly crown” (III, ii, 95) three times, all of which Caesar reluctantly refused. At first this act seems like a show of friendship and reverence, but it can later be determined to be a power play by Antony. His good standing with Caesar would only increase his power and authority should Caesar become the king of Rome. Antony knows that if Caesar takes the crown, he who crowned him will be rewarded greatly. Another interesting interaction in this act is when Caesar is speaking to Antony about Cassius and says he is a dangerous man who possesses “a mean and hungry look,” (I. ii. 195.) This is ironic because Caesar is confiding this to a man that is arguably

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