Brutus V’s Antony
In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, two characters speak at
Caesar’s funeral. Caesar was just murdered by his best friend Brutus and the Conspirators. Brutus and Antony both speak at the funeral, but each had their own purpose and reason for doing so. Both
speeches had their own unique way of addressing the crowd as well as differing styles. Therefore, differing effects on the crowd as a result of their differing styles and techniques.
first to speak. He and the Conspirators approaches the stand with their hands dripping in Caesar’s blood. Brutus approaches the crowd by stating that his reason for killing Caesar. His reason was not
because he did not love Caesar, but because he loved Rome more. Specifically, he says:
Brutus rose against Caesar, that is my answer: Not
that I loved Caesar less, but that I lloved Rome more ( III, ii, 21-22 )
This quote pretty much proves and summarizes Brutus’
point in his speech. To achieve his goals, Brutus’ oratory techniques were simple, logical, and rational. Brutus’ speech is very formal, controlled, and it seems that all of the sentences are perfectly
balanced. Although he did a very good job at explaining to the confused crowd that murdering Caesar was for the good of Rome, he still hadn’t won them over yet. Brutus explained again that he loved
Caesar, but that his death was for the good of Rome. “ As Caesar loved me, I weep for him” ( III, ii, 25-26 ). Brutus explains here that he still cared for Caesar and he still also claimed that Caesar
was not good for Rome because he was
ambitious. He mourns his death. Brutus came into a confused and curious crowd. After he explained himself and his purpose, the people were reluctant to believed
him, yet they were convinced for only a short while.
Brutus leaves the scene and the stand for Antony to speak. Antony begins by
explaining that he only wants to bury Caesar, not praise him.
Antony says that he does not wish to disgrace Brutus’ honorable name. “ But Brutus says he is ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man” ( III, ii, 87-88 ). This quote proves how Antony kept mentioning
about Brutus and the Concpirators. Although he mentions that Brutus is an honorable man, he means the
opposite. Antony wants mutiny against the Conspirators.
He wants revenge. Antony’s technique,
although, was very original. He used repetition. His use of repetition created a sense of sarcasm about Brutus and the Conspirators when he repeatedly referred to them as “ honorable men”. Antony made
use of mentioning that Caesar was not ambitious for three reasons: he refused the crown three times, he did not pocket the money, rather, he put it in the treasury, and he wept for the poor. By saying
this, Antony hoped to get the attention of the crowd counteracting Brutus’ statement of Caesar being ambitious. Also, Antony makes good use of Caesars will and the dead body.
He tries to
intice the crowd by referring to the will, which offered seventy five drachma to each citizen as well as Caesar’s land to be used for a public park. At first, the people were against Antony, due to
Brutus’ previous speech. Antony did an excellent job of perswaying the crowd and moving them to mutiny, which was his original purpose.
Although it was Antony’s appeal to the crowds emotions that
ultimately swayed them to his side.
In conclusion, both Brutus and Atony’s speeches were very
important to that story so that the point could be lead across of Caesar’s death. Both characters shared their opinions and in the end, one got the approval of the crowd. In this, Antony did a very good
job of moving the crowd to mutiny.