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The character of Mark Antony Mark Antony in the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar was a brave intelligent pleasure-loving and cunning man He was loyal to his friend Caesar whom he considered a true friend He looked at life as a game in which he had a signified part to play and played that part with excellent refinement and skill Antony was devoted and preferred to be dependent upon Julius Caesar since he rather have enjoyed life than to claim the highest position in the government He wanted the crown to be given to Caesar so that all conflicts could be avoided However this additional power contributed to the conspirators motive to assassinate him Antony was distraught with Caesars death and sought revenge first by speaking to the crowd in his speech He showed how clever and cunning he could be when he convinced the crowd at Caesars funeral ceremony to side with him and not with the murderers The people became excited and rowdy when he teased them about the will waving it in the air and pretending as if he was not going to read it Reverse psychology is used when he first pretends to respect the conspirators calling them honorable men and then slowly proving that they are not He speaks out against them because he wanted power for himself and unlike Brutus he is politically ambitious and so believes that if he can take control while the state is in turmoil he will remain in power He was alone in making this oration yet he was confidant in himself and courageous Rome began to collapse once Caesar was killed and Antony was left without anyone to trust He did not want to side with the conspirators whom he valued slightly However he felt his duty was to carry on Caesars reign and clear his name Therefore he joined the Second Triumvirate and became a great
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