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Julius Caesar is murdered and the public wants justification Act III Scene ii of Shakespeares Julius Caesar begins with Brutus speech that attempts to validate his murderous act He claims that Caesar was a tyrant and his place in power was only hurting Rome However his speech has several flaws it is delivered in prose and filled with irony After Brutus finishes Antony harangues the crowd with his famous funeral oration This oration is said to be some of Shakespeares finest writing The meticulous lucubration that encompasses Rogerian structure and clever word association allows Antony to manipulate the plebeians in opposition of Brutus To begin it is widely known that Brutus was a leading conspirator in Caesars death In order to refute any charging accusations or opinions Brutus orates a speech that is given in prose in attempt to associate himself with the plebeians who speak in prose to portray their lack of education and their barbarianism Ironically enough brutus in Latin means stupid By using prose Brutus brings himself down to the plebeian social level one usually viewed as scum Arguably Brutus fits into this category perfectly after he brutishly murders Caesar Although he attempts to appeal to the plebeians by doing this he actually flaunts his stupidity and downright vileness From a rhetorical standpoint Brutus prose also creates a larger gap in the eloquence of Brutus speech and Antonys oration Since the more educated like Antony use verse which shows intelligence Antony portrays himself as cultured and well-spoken while Brutus use of prose shows his utter stupidity Not only is the delivery ironic but the actual text as well Here comes Caesars body mourned by Mark Antony who though he had no hand in his death shall receive the benefit of his dyingIIIii43-45 In this instance along with several others Brutus obliviously uses such mordant words like benefit Brutus thinks that he shall prosper and achieve more from Caesars death this being the
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