Julius Caesar - Mark Antony Essay

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Mark Antony

     It is human nature to change one’s personality to fit the situation. People behave differently when speaking to a dignitary that when talking to a friend. Over time one can change due to a loss or gain of power, sometimes for the better or worse. In Julius Caesar, for example, Mark Antony goes through several changes. Mark Antony loved Julius Caesar, yet when he passed away Mark Antony swears vengeance, and ultimately is corrupted by the power of running a country.
     At the beginning of the play Antony is harmless and extremely loyal to Julius Caesar. Mark Antony is about to run a race, but “When Caesar says ‘Do this,’ it is performed.” It is almost as if Mark Antony
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When Caesar dies Mark Antony has “Fled to his house amazed” because one of his closest friends has been killed. The conspirators have judged Antony to be a coward, and therefore do not respect him. He sends his servant to see if it is safe to speak with the conspirators. When they finally meet, he shook everyone’s hand, “but was indeed swayed from the point by looking down on Caesar.” By seeing the corpse of his friend, he has been moved to tears. When they leave, “Over thy wounds now do I prophesy” to seek vengeance on those who murdered Caesar. As the day progresses, Mark Antony would like to hold a funeral service for Caesar. Brutus speaks first, yet he allows Antony his say, even after he has left. He admits that “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interrèd with their bones.” He gives the crowd a reason to hate Brutus by contradicting every single point that he made. By gaining the crowd’s approval he is able to display the conspirators not for the heroes that they claim to be, but the butchers which they are. This leads to Antony having a part in the second triumvirate.
     While in the second triumvirate, Antony is corrupted and becomes greedy. As the conspirators were driven away, the new leaders of Rome are making a list of the people who were associated or that they just plain don’t like. This has made Mark Antony callous, as “These many then shall die; their names are pricked.” Two names on
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