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Julius Caesar is a historical play by William Shakespeare It is set in Italy during the Roman era The plot revolves around the murder of Julius Caesar and the power struggle between Caesars friends and enemies In this essay I will compare and contrast Brutus and Antonys speeches after Caesars death Both Brutus and Antonys speeches are used to try and convert the Roman public to their side After Brutus and his fellow conspirators kill Caesar outside the senate Antony meets with Brutus and manages to persuade him that he agrees with the reasons why they killed the dictator so that he is allowed to talk at Caesars funeral However his real intentions are revealed in an emotional soliloquy that reveals that he is desperate to avenge his close friend Caesar Brutus sets one condition on Antonys speech- that he must not say anything against the murderers Brutus uses his speech to convince that he has acted for the common good of Rome whereas Antony tries to make the people avenge the death of his beloved Caesar The first speech is that of Brutus The most striking factor is the shortness of the speech but it is effective It would be far less effective though if the crowd didnt have such a high opinion of him This is demonstrated with the quote Believe me for mine honour and have respect to mine honour The speech uses informal prose which allows the audience to relate to him He flatters the audience watching the speech- describing them as having great wisdom This flattery results in the audience having confidence in him that helps him greatly later on in the speech Also he anticipates questions and provides answers to them Brutus is very democratic in his explanation of why they killed Caesar- he says he loved Caesar but loved Rome more He claims that Caesars downfall was due to his high ambition but isnt entirely effective
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