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Julius Caesar Funeral Speech Project

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Transcript of Julius Caesar Funeral Speech Project

Mark Antony
Outcome of the Speech
The outcome of the speech was exactly as Mark Antony had predicted. His words indeed "let slip the dogs of war" (William Shakespeare
page 78
). His only response to what he started was, "Now let it work: Mischief, thou art afoot, take thou what course thou wilt." (
Act III, Scene 2
"He was my friend, faithful and just to me"
Act III, Scene 2
Page 84
"You all do know this mantle: I remember the first time ever Caesar put it on"
Act III, Scene 2
Page 88
What Brutus Said
The goal of Mark Antony's speech, according to Brutus, was "tending to Caesar's glories" ( William Shakespeare
page 83
). When in reality, Mark Antony was determined to
Julius Caesar
Funeral Speech Project
By: Rachel Crisp

The scene that occurred previous to Mark Antony's speech is very important to know in order to understand his speech. In short, Caesar has been murdered by some conspirators, and the leader of the conspirators (Brutus) has given a speech to redeem his actions. Mark Antony's speech is a response to Brutus's speech.
Well you see...
"As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoiced at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was
, I slew him."
Act III, Scene 2
Page 81
"There is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honor for his valor; and death for his
Act III, Scene 2
Page 81
His Point
Brutus was basically convincing the crowd that what he did was in the best interest of Rome. He was convincing them that
Caesar, if given the opportunity, would be dangerous because of his
. By the end of his speech,
Brutus had persuaded the
crowd of just that.
Mark Antony used his knowledge of the audience to his advantage. He knew that the crowds were fickle. He knew that through some convincing, he would be able to get them to do what he wanted. He did this by appealing to logic (logos),
Audience Knowledge
Mark Antony was very good at using the follows rhetorical devices: Irony, sarcasm, repetition, and diction.
Rhetorical Effectiveness
counter the statements that Brutus made previously and rile up the citizens to revolt.
emotion (pathos), and credibility (ethos).
Irony, Sarcasm, and Repetition
"I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse; was this
Act III, Scene 2
Page 85
"When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
should be made of sterner stuff"
Act III, Scene 2
Page 84
"For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel: judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!"
Act III, Scene 2
Page 89
"You are not wood, you are not stones, but men"
Act III, Scene 2
Page 87
Expectation vs Reality
I remember...
Shakespeare, William.
Julius Caesar.
Literary Classics. Pensacola, Florida: A Beka Book, 1623.
Google Images (For the Pictures).
Mark Antony's speech succeeded in its purpose, and he did it through knowledge of the crowd, excellent use of rhetorical devices, and effective utilization of appeals.
Mark Antony was using logical examples to prove to the audience that Caesar was not as ambitious as Brutus claimed he was. He used this example because it was a public action that people actually saw with their own eyes and thus had more credibility with the people.
Mark Antony used this example because he knew the crowd would think, "Oh... Caesar cried for the poor; he must not be that ambitious."
Mark Antony knew that
by giving this example
Mark Antony knew himself to be well-loved within the community. He used this knowledge to appeal to the people's credibility. This phrase says that he approved of Caesar,and this may make the people feel that they should love him too.
Mark Antony is building up the people. He is giving them the self- confidence that they need to be brave enough to revolt. He is sneakily persuading/manipulating them to do what he desires.
he would touch the hearts of the people by showing
Caesar's compassion.
This statement is basically making the crowd pity Caesar. He is doing this by reminiscing about the late Caesar. When people are nostalgic it makes them sad because they know that they can never go back to how things were. Antony brought the crowd into his pitiful reminiscence of Caesar.
This quote is used to rile up the crowd into anger. This is effective because people, by nature, get angry when they feel that something unfair has occurred. Antony was implying that Brutus had both
literally and figuratively stabbed Caesar in the back.
"For Brutus is an honorable man"
Act III, Scene 3
Page 84
"But Brutus says he was
Act III, Scene 3
Page 84
" And dip their napkins in his
Act III, Scene 2
Page 86
"For when the
Caesar saw him stab,
, more strong than
arms, quite
him: then burst his
Act III, Scene 2
Page 89
Mark Antony was using diction to build up Caesar and tear down Brutus.
Mark Antony starts by using these phrases in an innocent manner; however, in his speech he provides evidence that the men are not as honorable as they seem, and Caesar was not as ambitious as the
conspirators claimed.
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