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Why Is Antony's Speech More Effective

Why, in Julius Caesar, was Antony’s speech more effective than that of Brutus?

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Brutus makes the mistake of appealing to the intellect of the people rather than to their emotions. It's actually a case of the psychological mechanism of projection. Brutus himself is an intellectual, who agreed to join the conspirators because of an internal, rational process in which he weighs the checks and balances of the matter and concludes that doing away with Caesar will be for the good of Rome, not for himself personally. So he attributes to the crowd this ability to reason things out, just as he has done. Brutus is the one conspirator who did not wish to kill Caesar. And when he...

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This is because Antony knows how to feel the pulse of the mob. He knows that the common people are swayed not by the cold logic or reasoning but by basic sentiments. He knows how to turn the tide against his enemies. Being a wonderful orator, he arouses sympathy fo Caesar, his conquests, his love for the common men. He deliberately reads Caesar's will and makes the people feel them as the 'heirs' of Caesar.All these things lacked in Brutus' speech.
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