Mark Antony Speech Analysis

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"We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” This iconic quote said by Martin Luther King Jr. speaks volumes and its relevance can be traced back to 44 B.C. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare contains one of the most influential speeches known to man, Mark Antony’s funeral speech. Political and historical figure, Mark Antony, speaks at Julius Caesar’s funeral after his dear friend’s assassination. The subject of the speech entails how praiseworthy a leader Caesar was and the level of respect and admiration he had for the plebeians and the patricians of Rome. Persuading the citizens of Rome against the conspirators is Mark Antony’s purpose for this oration. Antony embraces an ironic and sarcastic tone…show more content…
Consequently, the citizens of Rome are starting to realize that the murder was corrupt and not justifiable. Another appeal Mark Antony utilizes is logos, or logic. To elaborate, Antony temps the citizens with the will of Caesar, “Here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar./ I found it in his closet; ’tis his will” (3.2.125-126). The use of the parchment is to entice the citizens into wanting to know more about Caesar. His will is very generous and makes him look like a gracious and giving ruler, which is the exact opposite of what the conspirators thought. The factual evidence presented in the will provides the citizens with the rage they need to revolt against the conspirators. In brief, Pathos, Ethos, and Logos help Antony gain the citizens support and convey his counterpoints to the audience of his speech. Mark Antony’s funeral speech incorporates the rhetorical devices of sarcasm, irony, and repetition to turn the people of Rome. The ironic use of repetition slowly displaced the conspirators. To exemplify, Mark Antony repeatedly calls the conspirators, “ honorable men” (3.2.79). The habit of repeating the word ‘honorable’ is extremely sarcastic, and Antony is purposefully overusing the word on account that it makes the citizens question the legitimacy of the murder. As a result, the crowd wonders if the conspirators are allowed to get away with the crime solely based on
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