What are some character traits of Mark Antony in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?
Marc Antony is a strong-willed man. The successful plot to murder Caesar, who was his beloved friend and a man he admired, deeply angered him. He is especially angered that Brutus, a man he thought should have had the sense to remain loyal to Caesar, was manipulated into participating in the plot. Antony is an intelligent assessor of character. He understood that Cassius orchestrated Caesar's murder because he didn't want Caesar to be able to lord it over him, rather than for the good of Rome. In fact, while Brutus tries hard to be honorable, Antony and Cassius see through each other's fronts for the canny political manipulators they both are.
Because he is strong-willed, intelligent and has good political skills—and is a very persuasive speaker—Antony is able to turn the mob against Brutus and his followers. He does this while still sticking to the terms of his previous agreement to not say anything negative about the conspirators. This is a good example of how wily Antony can be...
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