How is Anthony able to work the crowd up into a frenzy with his speech?no

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lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although Brutus is an excellent orator, Antony outwits Brutus in his speech which leads the people to rise up against the conspirators. Cassius warns Brutus not to allow Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral.

Brutus ignores Cassius and allows Antony to speak. Antony repeatedly refers to the Brutus and his honor. He is trying to get the people to side with him in that Brutus in all his honor killed a man, Caesar, who was undeserving to die:

But Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.(95)
[Caesar] hath brought many captives home to Rome,Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.(100) Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man.

Antony reminds the people of Caesar's good qualities. With these comments, the people begin to question Brutus's action. Perhaps, Brutus was wrong about Caesar's ambition.

Antony was brillant in his speech. He stirred the people against the conspirators, even Brutus.

riot174 | Student

He uses his words wisely. To the crowd it appears innocent?...But Antony knows what he is doing and knows just how to get to the crowd. Hope this helps...I remember this stuff from last year.

riot174 | Student
Antony appears to be complimenting Brutus in saying he killed Ceasar because he loved Rome more. When Brutus leaves and Antony begins his speech he continually praises Brutus as "an honourable man" who has killed Caesar for being ambitious yet also describes Caesar as the most honorable and generous of men. In this way, Antony appears to praise his friend while respecting the men who murdered him, when in fact, Antony is inciting the crowd against Brutus, Cassius and the conspirators. Antony shows them Ceasar's stab wounds and reads them the will... The crowd easily changed their minds and then conclude that Ceasar was wrongly murdered. They react in an angry manor and carry the body away.
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