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Antonys Speech at the Forum Act III Scene 2 In Act III Scene 2 Antony begins his speech right after Brutus at the forum In the beginning he is booed by the people of Rome but his manipulative words soon capture the minds of the Romans and bring them to attention Antonys speech is wholly directed upon persuading the Roman plebeians that Caesar has been wronged when murdred He wishes to turn the audience away from the conspirators and to become enraged to riot and mutiny Antonys purpose was to bring chaos to Romeso that he may bring power under his control During the speech Antony overthrows Brutuss expectation completely Brutus has always considered Antony as a thoughtless jock but that stereotype is proven wrong through Antonys speech at the Forum Antony thoroughly displays his insight into human nature by manipulating the crowd with his skillful use of language Antony in contrast to Brutus knows that the crowd is incapable of acting reasonably and he relies specifically on that very inability as he manipulates their emotions concentrating increasingly on their mounting passion In the beginning Antony was barely heard for the crowd was cheering so loud in appreciation of Brutus Antony realizes that Brutus has the upperhand during the specific time phase so he begins humbly acknowledging that he speaks with Brutuss permission But with his shrewd skill he slyly disqualifies Brutuss claim of Caesars excessive ambition with the innocuous sounding speech if it were soline 81 Then with the obscure introduction of Antonys real purpose of his speech Antony begins to directly attack Brutuss argument that Caesar was ambitions He first refers to Caesars generosity in sharing the spoils of war with the citizens of Rome and by pointing out that Caesar aways showed compassion for the poor He knew that the crowd was very emotional and easily swept off by passion and his statement that ambition should be made
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