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Who Is The Characterization Of Antony

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Characterization of Antony “Who then will dare to say I'm weak or timid? No, they'll say I'm loyal as a friend, ruthless as a foe, so much like a hero destined for glory (Euripides).” This quote said by Euripides can relate to the characterization of Antony in many ways. Three ways that it relates is by showing that Antony is persuasive, loyal, and ruthless. These are revealed in the novel Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare through what he says, how he says it, and reactions of others to himself. The first way William Shakespeare reveals Antony is through what he says. For instance, Antony was given permission by Brutus to speak to the citizens at Caesar’s funeral. Antony stated, “The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious. If it were so, it was a grievous fault..(For Brutus is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men)...whose ransoms did the general coffers fill. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious.. I thrice…show more content…
For example, the citizens were on a manhunt for the conspirators. They then came across Cinna the poet and stated, “It is no matter; his name’s Cinna! Pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going” (131). In other words, the citizens killed Cinna the poet simply because his name was Cinna due to the strong points Antony made to them during his speech about the conspirators. This conveys that the reactions of others to him show that he was a ruthless and persuasive leader. Another example of this is when Cassius asked Pindarus to kill him due to the fact that he thought they lost the battle. He stated “...Here, take thou the hilts, and when my face is covered, as ‘tis now, guide thou the sword” (181). Due to Antony’s ruthlessness and his strong army, it showed the reaction of Cassius to Antony and his army was upset and
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