Indicate three differences in Brutus’ and Marc Anonty’s funeral speeches
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- Brutus' funeral speech for Caesar is much shorter than Antony's. It is less than 25 lines.
- His speech focuses a lot on himself.
- He has one argument; he did it for the good of Rome. He tries to convince the people that Caesar would have made them slaves by declaring himself dictator of Rome. He outlines Caesar's faults. His argument is direct.
- He only critizes Caesar, not praising any of his accomplishments.
Notice how many times he uses the first person pronouns
hear me for my
cause, and be silent, that you may hear: believe me
for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that
you may believe:
and then later:
I weep for him;
as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was
valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I
He tries to convince the crowd that no one loved Caesar more than he did, and that he rose against Caesar only for the good of Rome, not personal reasons.
Antony's speech is much longer and it is broken into several parts. He uses rhetoric. He manipulates the crowd with his arguments. He uses irony and he flatters the crowd. He gives the audience time to respond to what he is saying. He praises Caesar by reminding the crowd of his many military accomplishments and how those accomplishments brought glory to Rome and to them, its citizens. He discusses Caesar's repeated refusal of the crown. He uses reverse reasoning when he cites Caesar's faults - "If Caesar was ambitious, then it was right to kill him" but then he lists several ways that prove Caesar was NOT ambitions. He continually refers to Brutus as being "an honorable man" but then underhandedly shows how Brutus has not acted honorably. Very clever! Finally, he whips the crowd into a frenzy by showing them Caesar's dead body.
Antoy's speech is much more powerful than Brutus' speech.
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