Mark Antony's Speech

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  • Mark Antony's Address to the Commoners (3.2.70-109)
  • Peace, ho! Let us hear him.
  • Rhetorical Question (3.2.103-106)
  • You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and sure he is an honorable man.
  • Repetition of the word "honorable" (3.2.90-91)
  • For Brutus is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men— come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
  • Is Caesar Ambitious? Point: Caesar did not deserve to die because he was not an ambitious man: therefore, his murder was unjustified.
  • Exemplification (3.2.96-97)
  • He hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.
  • Antony uses the rhetorical strategy to poke a hole in Brutus's logic. In Brutus' speech, he exemplifies one of the reasons Caesar needed to be killed because he was too ambitious. However, in Antony's speech, he proves this logic wrong by reminding the audience he turned the crown down three times, and questions them how this is ambitious.
  • Compare/Contrast (3.2.99-100)
  • When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
  • Antony uses repetition to help further his point that Caesar's death was dishonorable. He proves his credibility by reminding the Romans of the shared value they have for wanting an honorable leader. He goes against the conspirators logic of calling themselves "honorable" by proving Caesar's death was not done out of honor because Caesar had no done no wrong.
  • Audience Response (3.2.214-215) Bailey Cullen
  • Revenge! About! Seek! Burn! Fire! Kill! Slay! Let not a traitor live!
  • Antony uses exemplification to further his point that Caesar was not ambitious. He uses logic of Caesar's past actions and reminds the audience of what the good Caesar has done. He appeals to the audiences emotions of mournfulness and regret for ever thinking it was right for Caesar to be killed. Through theses examples of Caesar's pure and successful actions, Antony proves Caesar to be honorable, and shows that Caesar was in fact a good person to rule Rome.
  • Antony uses the rhetorical strategy of compared/contrast to further his point that Brutus was wrong about Caesars ambition. He appeals to the emotion of smpathy when he tells the Romans Caesar cried for the poor. He establishes credibility by appealing to the shared value of caring for the poor. Antony knows his audience will be convinced by his statement because it tugs on them emotionally, and furthers his point that Caesar was not ambitious, so therefore he should not have been killed.
  • Antony demonstrates an understanding of his audience by using emotion throughout his speech to persuade the people of Rome into believing him over Brutus's lies. Antony wants the audience to feel guilty for believing Brutus decision on assassinating Caesar was for the good of Rome. Once he knew he had effected them emotionally, he confirms that Caesar's death was dishonorable and unjustified. The commoners believe Antony and begin to feel hatred and disgust towards Brutus and the conspirators and are seeking for revenge.
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