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In Julius Caesar, whose speech was more effective, Brutus's or Antony's? Why?

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Mark Antony is the better rhetorician, and his speech is more effective than Brutus's.

One crucial mistake Brutus made (beyond letting Antony speak at all) was allowing Antony to speak after him. Beyond that, however, while Brutus gave a competent and even moving speech, his goal was less ambitious than Antony's. Brutus wanted to justify the conspirators in their assassination of Caesar, a beloved leader. He does that very effectively by appealing to the crowd, telling them that although he loved Caesar, he loved Rome more. He convinces the crowd that Caesar was possibly on the road to tyranny...

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annesparky | Student

Most people would say Mark Antony's speech was more effective. And it was. But what people fail to mention is that Brutus' speech was equally great. 

Brutus might come off as a traitor, and he is, but he had a point to prove. He killed Julius Caesar for the sake of Rome, as he put it. And his speech was effective as he stirred up a commotion among the people. But the reason that Marc Antony's speech is branded most effective is because while Brutus called on people's logic, Marc Antony played with the crowd's feelings and emotion. 

His speech had a greater effect as the human mind is most often dominated by the heart, and the logic is killed. 

In my opinion, while Antony sought Justice, he also didn't play fair.

It's as the saying goes "Listen to your mind. Your heart is stupid." And that is exactly what the people of Rome failed to do. 

reetikajaiswal | Student

Antony is able to mobilize the mob with his speech.He tries to gain respect and is successful in grabbing the attention of the angry mob.

Antony 's speech is more effectrive as he in the beginning praises those conspirators saying Julius was selfish and their conspiracy was for the good for Romans..

But as he proceeds , he slowly tries to say all the good whatever Julius had done.

Hence People changed their minds.

 

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