Julius Caesar - Mark Antony Essay

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Julius Caesar - Mark Antony

Mark Antony, in the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, was a brave, intelligent,
pleasure-loving, and cunning man. He was loyal to his friend, Caesar, whom he considered a
true friend. He looked at life as a game in which he had a signified part to play, and
played that part with excellent refinement and skill.

Antony was devoted and preferred to be dependent upon Julius Caesar since he rather have
enjoyed life than to claim the highest position in the government. He wanted the crown to
be given to Caesar so that all conflicts could be avoided. However, this additional power
contributed to the conspirator's motive to assassinate him. Antony was distraught with
Caesar's death and sought revenge first by speaking to the crowd in his speech. He showed
how clever and cunning he could be when he convinced the crowd at Caesar's funeral
ceremony to side with him and not with the murderers. The people became excited and rowdy
when he teased them about the will, waving it in the air and pretending as if he was not
going to read it. Reverse psychology is used when he first pretends to respect the
conspirators calling them honorable men, and then slowly proving that they are not. He
speaks out against them because he wanted power for himself, and unlike Brutus, he is
politically ambitious and so believes that if he can take control while the state is in
turmoil, he will remain in power. He was alone in making this oration, yet he was
confidant in himself and courageous.
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