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Antony Character Traits

What are some important traits of Mark Antony in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare?

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It is interesting that each time Marc Antony effects massive changes in Roman history, Shakespeare employs the phrase of "the tide of times."  Truly, the powerful character of Marc Antony does turn the tide of events because of his strong traits:

  • Duplicity 

Marc Antony effectively convinces Brutus that he has so loved Caesar that he merely wishes to give a funeral oration, promising that he will not speak against the conspirators.  Of course, with his use of irony in his oration, Antony does not overtly malign the conspirators, but he certainly does create doubt in the minds of the Romans:

He [Caesar] was my friend, faithful and just to me;
But Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.(3.2.93-95)

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?(3.2.100-105)

  • Persuasiveness

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