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Jacob Dugger


English II

2017 February 23

Brutus VS Antony Funeral Speech

Have you ever been in an argument with a sibling and you kept using a sarcastic tone because

you knew that was the only thing you could do? Well, this is the Brutus and Antony funeral

speech which while it showed lots of emotion, evidence, irony, trust and a ton of sarcasm Antony

seemed to be more persuasive. This play was written by William Shakespeare in 1599 about the

tragedy of Julius Caesar and this scene is about the speech that Brutus and Antony for Caesar’s

funeral. I wrote about the Ethos, pathos and logos of Brutus and Antony’s speech

Brutus and Antony both bring up good reasons why Caesar should have or shouldn’t have

been killed. Brutus believed it was a good idea to kill Caesar because he saw Caesar needed to

die “for his ambition”which meant that Caesar was power hungry (3.2). Brutus also thought

Caesar needed to die because if the people of Rome would prefer that “Caesar were living” they

would “die all slaves” since Caesar was power hungry (3.2). Antony does not believe that Caesar

deserved death because he was not the person that Brutus described him as. Antony says that if

Caesar is such a bad man then why had “He hath brought many captives home to Rome” which

then Caesar filled the “ransoms”of their “general coffers” so they could stay (3.2). Antony says if

Caesar was such a bad man then why did he leave a will for the people of Rome which Brutus

will not let him read which is so amazing that you will want to Soak a napkin in his blood and

get some of his hair just so that you can pass it on to the next generation until it eventually

becomes priceless. The will says that the people of Rome “are [Caesar’s] heirs” (3.2). The will

says that the people of rome are the ones that gets 75 drachmas each when Caesar is gone.

Brutus and Antony try to express their emotion to get the audience on their side. Brutus

shows that he was close to caesar saying that his “love to Caesar was no less than his” because

they were probably best friends (3.2). Brutus also explains that it was “not that [he] loved Caesar

less, but that [he] loved Rome more” so to make sure that Rome did not become disastrous he

had to kill Caesar before he did something that Rome would regret. Antony not believing Brutus

for one second exclaims that his “heart is in the coffin there with Caesar” which shows that he is

sad to see Caesar go (III.II). Antony mourns for Caesar’s death when he insisted that “the evil

that men do lives after them [while] the good is oft interred with their bones” (III.II). Antony is

trying to state that the evil Caesar did should now be left in the past. Since people's skin and

body leaves after they die but their bones are the only thing that stay on the earth,so what they’re

saying is that the evil should be forgotten and the good people did stays with them in their bones

when they stay on the earth.

Brutus and Antony show persuasive reasons about why they should be trusted by the

audience. Antony tries to gain trust of the audience by saying that he “was [Caesar’s] friend” so

that they know that Antony knew Caesar well(III.II). One of the ways Antony tries to gain trust

is by calling the people as “Friends,Romans, [and] countrymen” trying to talk in a calm and nice

manner so that they don’t feel as if he were the enemy of all of this(III.II). Antony tries to get the

audience’s trust by telling them that he knew Caesar really well and that he knew Caesar wasn’t

the kind of person who would ruin Rome. Brutus tries also to explain that he was a friend of

Caesar saying “as Caesar loved me, I wept for him” to show that what he did was not an easy job

to do, he’s saying that it is hard to kill your best friend but he had to kill Caesar(III.II). Brutus

tried to gain the people’s trust is by exclaiming that he was Caesar’s best friend, but, even though

they were best friends Brutus could not wait around and see Rome go down and eventually

probably be destroyed.