If any, speak; for him have I offended. Third Citizen He says, for Brutus' sake, He finds himself beholding to us all. Fortune is merry, And in this mood will give us any thing. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. During the speeches many devices were effectively used to convince the Romans to choose the side of the argument being presented. He believes automatically that they have the best interest for himself and Rome, just as he would. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: --Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.
Julius Caesar is a political and a historical play, so I aim to look at both of the aspects of the play. In the beginning of the Brutus's speech he ask the people of Rome to hear him out before they judge him. He explains that Caesar is only in power because the citizens are so easily swayed and are easy prey, like sheep. But here's a parchment with the seal of Caesar; I found it in his closet, 'tis his will: Let but the commons hear this testament-- 130 Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read-- And they would go and kiss dead Caesar's wounds And dip their napkins in his sacred blood, Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, And, dying, mention it within their wills, 135 Bequeathing it as a rich legacy Unto their issue. Thus, his speech portrayed his character. Fourth Citizen 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here.
Shakespeare often uses the nominative case of pronouns after prepositions where modern grammatical usage demands the objective. Cassius, the leader of the conspiracy, tries to recruit Marcus Brutus into the group because he believes it will make them look less like murderers and more like heroes. First Citizen We'll bring him to his house With shouts and clamours. The issue to be investigated is whether Brutus, Octavius and Antony became so corrupted in their quest for power that they killed Julius Caesar, so as to gain his power. But the question is not whether Brutus has managed to convince himself of his nobility, but whether he has managed to convince the audience. If any, speak; for him have I offended. Is it honorable to assassinate a leader for the reasons Brutus offers? Fourth Citizen Read the will; we'll hear it, Antony; You shall read us the will, Caesar's will.
That is, I have gone too far I have spoken more than I should. The speech could serve as a thematic synopsis to Julius Caesar. Enter a Servant How now, fellow! The Athenians are extremely proud of their city and its traditions. They are necessary to the successful running of the state, yet they are a dangerous bunch that could turn at any moment. The mob leaves to cremate Caesar's body with due reverence, to burn the houses of the assassins, and to wreak general destruction.
We'll burn his body in the holy place, And with the brands fire the traitors' houses. Describe the Roman mob as you imagine it. Then he uncovers the body for all to see. Caesar said that if anyone wanted to turn against him, as soon as they saw his face, they would go running. Antony, alone, wonders what will come of the mischief he has set loose on Rome.
But Antony has two advantages over Brutus: his subterfuge and his chance to have the last word. The Romans switch their loyalties at the drop of a hat, from Pompey to Caesar, to Brutus to Antony. Bear with me; My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me. Goes into the pulpit Fourth Citizen What does he say of Brutus? Bear back: fall back, move further away. The next person to speak was Mark Antony. Second Citizen We will be revenged. But the most famous of them all, was the funeral eulogy for Caesar by Mark Antony and Brutus.
They implore him to read it. The following shall outline what Brutus, Octavius and Antony do in the play, and explain how power affects these characters. Those that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here; 5 Those that will follow Cassius, go with him; And public reasons shall be rendered Of Caesar's death. These folks are really missing the democratic message of his speech. Cassius believes that if they let Antony speak, he would undo any progress Brutus makes. Those that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here; Those that will follow Cassius, go with him; And public reasons shall be rendered Of Caesar's death.
The obvious implication is that Brutus and Antony have different views of Caesar. As he does this, the crowd begins to turn against the conspirators. It is believed that only the most honourable men of men can contain these emotions, and it is weak and unfit for one to let these emotions control them. Even the mob has a sense of poetic justice. All The will, the will! But what would cause a person to kill a close friend? This symbolism is helping Marc Antony connect with the crowd on a more emotional level. Third Citizen There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony. Alas, you know not: I must tell you then: You have forgot the will I told you of.