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An Analysis of the Use of Rhetorical Question, Sarcasm and Repetition in Marc Antony's Funeral Oration in William Shakespeare's Play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
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Analysis of Marc Antonys Funeral Oration Bear with me my heart is in the coffin there with Caesar And I must pause till it come back to me JC III ii 47 Marc Antonys speech at Caesars funeral was so cunning and powerful that it caused the crowds loyalties to sway Prior to Marc Antonys oration the crowd favored Brutus and the conspirators However Marc Antonys compelling discourse caused the plebeians to support him and not Brutus Marc Antony used three literary devices during his funeral oration rhetorical question sarcasm and repetition to successfully persuade the crowd Although the crowd was supportive of the conspirators after Brutuss speech Marc Antonys use of sarcasm in his funeral oration caused them to rethink who they should support According to wwwdictionarycom sarcasm is ironic remarks used to gain someones attention and cause them to draw thoughts about someone of something Marc Antonys use of sarcasm during his discourse is evident in the following lines For Brutus is an honourable man So are they all honourable men JC III ii 46 Sarcasm is also evident in these lines I rather choose To wrong the dead to wrong myself and you Than I will wrong such honourable men JC III ii 48 The use of sarcasm was a crucial element in Marc Antonys speech It caused the crowd to start feeling more agreeable towards Marc Antonys opinion than Brutuss The crowds opinion of Antony is evident in the following line Theres not a nobler man in Rome than Antony JC III ii 47 As the crowd starts to listen more attentively to Marc Antonys speech Marc Antony begins to use rhetorical question According to wwwdictionarycom a rhetorical question is a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered Marc Antonys use of rhetorical question is evident in the following lines I thrice presented him a
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