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Julius Caesar Essay Comparing the speeches of Brutus and Mark Antony In Scene 2 Act III both Brutus and Mark Antony give very important and interesting speeches revealing much of their personalities and characters Caesar has just been killed stabbed to death by a group of his closest friends including Brutus whom he loved greatly 195-200 The conspirators have bathed their hands and arms in Caesars blood and have raised tension and chaos among the Roman citizens Antony has gone courageously to see Caesars body and speak to the conspirators to understand why they have done such a horrible deed Mark Antony has asked the conspirators for permission to carry Caesars body outside and make a funeral speech in his honor Brutus agrees but Cassius fears and predicts Antony will betray them Brutus ignores Cassius warning and walks to the pulpit of the Capitol to speak before a group of citizens while Cassius does the same with another group Brutus begins his speech with a lot of confidence even though deep inside he feels guilty and struggles to understand what he has done He calls the Romans his friends and speaks with a sense of honor 15-17 and patriotism 23-24 He explains that Caesar has been slain for the welfare of Rome He says clearly that his reason for killing Caesar was the leaders excessive ambition Then he begins to appeal to each citizen individually getting to the point where he practically insults anyone who doesnt agree with him 30-35 calling them low uncivilized and vile So far Brutus speech is very direct and precise The mob rapidly agrees and supports him cheering him down the pulpit However Brutus tells the citizens to stay and listen to what Mark Antony who arrives with Caesars body has to say Antony quiets the crowd and begins his speech agreeing with Brutus reason to kill Caesar his ambition and calls the conspirators honorable men But
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