Comparing the Speeches of Mark Antony and Brutus in Julius Caesar

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Comparing the Speeches of Mark Antony and Brutus in Julius Caesar

The play 'Julius Caesar' was first performed in 1599 at the Globe theatre in London. The Globe theatre was built earlier that year and 'Julius Caesar' was one of the first plays performed there. This gives us reason to believe that the play was written towards the end of 1598 and beginning of 1599.

William Shakespeare wrote the play 'Julius Caesar' because 'Plutarchs Lives', William Shakespeare's source of history, allowed him to use his imagination and create a sell out play. In the history book of most of the facts are the same as William Shakespeare's however he had to change some of the events in order to make it into a play
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That if Rome were to be run by an ambitious man such as Julius Caesar then it would be for the worst.

Mark Antony was not as fortunate with regards to family as Brutus, however he was highly respected by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony treated him as a loyal, close friend. Mark Antony was a logical thinker and it was this fact that made him an excellent soldier along with him being skill full, and cunning in his approach to life. He claimed to not have the skills of an orator, however this is ironic and he in fact was one of the greatest orators of his time. He was driven by his emotions so therefore he is going to whole heartedly persuade the crowd into his way of thinking, to avenge the death of Julius Caesar and cause a riot against the conspirators.

Brutus' task is to calm the crowd and to persuade them that he had a valid reason for the joint murder of Julius Caesar, therefore he begins with the line

'Romans, countrymen and lovers, hear me for my cause'

Appealing to their sense of patriotism with the word 'Romans' and suggesting that he is very passionate in his reasons for joining the conspirators

'Hear me for

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