Julius Caesar's Speech Analysis

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Whose speech changed Rome? Most people think of funeral speeches as memorializing the dead. In the “Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, this was not the case. Brutus, the head conspirator responsible for Caesar's death used his speech to prove his innocence. Antony who was a close friend of Caesar gave a speech, not to disprove anything Brutus said, but to give reason of why the people of Rome should mourn for him. Even with the slight emotion Brutus showed in his speech, he only used hypotheticals for why the conspirators killed Caesar. Antony’s speech at the funeral was more convincing than Brutus because he gave facts to back his reasons. Mark Antony gave evidence in his speech. He had the people of Rome remember the good in Caesar. The people of Rome will believe anything you tell them, so when Brutus told them Caesar was too ambitious of course none thought twice. Antony corrected that when he asked the crowd if it was ambition when Caesar refused the crown three times. “I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?” How is refusing power ambitious? The people of Rome began to think about Caesar’s values and that of their own. In the speech that Brutus presented he gave no actual facts to prove Caesar was too ambitious. He tried to use his authority to win over the crowd. “Censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses that you may be the better judge”. Brutus is actually taking advantage of the people by
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