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As shown in many previous examples at the time of his murder Caesar was very popular among the common people he ruled However they are also very open to suggestion and can have their opinion of the their leaders changed quite easily After Caesar is murdered and Brutus tells the people of his death they lavish praise on Brutus forgetting their previous loyalties Thus Marc Antony must find a way to sway their opinions back to get Caesar back in their favour without directly offending any of the conspirators the guilty Senators In his speech to the people of Rome Antony could have chosen to simply tell the people their leader and his good friend Julius Caesar was dead and that they should mourn But as Brutus spoke before him their loyalties had already been changed to support the other Senators The way he chose to convert them back was to support the conspirators himself thus never bad mouthing them in any way but using carefully placed ironic remarks and sarcasm to let the people decide on their own His first word to the people is very important Brutus opened his speech by calling the people Romans countrymen and lovers friends placing the peoples love for their country ahead of their love for their fellow man This loyalty may have been true for Brutus he probably loved Rome more than he loved anyone or anything else But for the common man although Rome was important chances are they loved their friends and family more Antony picking up on this fact began his speech the exact opposite way with Friends Romans countrymen He places the peoples love for their fellow man ahead of their love for Rome and the government and in this way identifies with the people making it seem like he is one of them not just a person of power Antony knows he must let the people know Brutus and
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