ANTONY'S SPEECH

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  • THE WILL OF CAESAR Joy Weaver Lines 150-215
  • Mark Antony uses a rhetorical question make the audience think about if they really wanted him to reveal the WILL OFF CAESAR
  • YOU WILL COMPEL ME THEN TO READ THE WILL?
  • THE WILL! READ THE WILL!
  • The crowd gathers around Antony
  • Attempting to cast guilt onto Brutus, Antony uses emotional language and metaphors as he talks about how the cut of a knife from a friend is the nastiest of them all. Betrayal speaks volumes.
  • For Brutus, as you know was Caesar's angel. Judge O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all
  • An anecdote is used in order to make the crowd remember Caesar's former glory and success.
  • If you have tears prepare to shed them now
  • I remember the first time Cesar ever put it on
  • "Then I, and you, and all of us fell down, whilst treason flourished over us."
  • The use of this hyperbole makes the Roman people put their own values into question and think of who really was going to cause the fall of Rome; Caesar or the conspirators. The strategy is successful because the people realize that they had just praised traitors who eliminated a great leader, and soon after, they set out to attack the people with Caesar's blood on their hands.
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