Julius Caesar – Brutus vs Antony
In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, two characters speak at Caesar’s funeral.
Caesar was just murdered by his best friend Brutus and the Conspirators. Brutus and
Antony both speak at the funeral, but each had their own purpose and reason for doing so.
Both speeches had their own unique way of addressing the crowd as well as differing
styles. Therefore, differing effects on the crowd as a result of their differing styles and
Brutus was first to speak. He and the Conspirators approaches the stand with their
hands dripping in Caesar’s blood. Brutus approaches the crowd by stating that his reason
for killing Caesar. His reason was not because he did not love Caesar, but because he
loved Rome more. Specifically, he says:
Brutus rose against Caesar, that is my answer: Not that I
loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more ( III, ii,
This quote pretty much proves and summarizes Brutus’ point in his speech. To achieve
his goals, Brutus’ oratory techniques were simple, logical, and rational. Brutus’ speech is
very formal, controlled, and it seems that all of the sentences are perfectly balanced.
Although he did a very good job at explaining to the confused crowd that murdering
Caesar was for the good of Rome, he still hadn’t won them over yet. Brutus explained
again that he loved Caesar, but that his death was for the good of Rome. ” As Caesar
loved me, I weep for him” ( III, ii, 25-26 ). Brutus explains here that he still cared for
Caesar and he still also claimed that Caesar was not good for Rome because he was
ambitious. He mourns his death. Brutus came into a confused and curious crowd. After
he explained himself and his purpose, the people were reluctant to believed him, yet they
were convinced for only a short while.
Brutus leaves the scene and the stand for Antony to speak. Antony begins by
explaining that he only wants to bury Caesar, not praise him. Antony says that he does
not wish to disgrace Brutus’ honorable name. ” But Brutus says he is ambitious, and
Brutus is an honorable man” ( III, ii, 87-88 ). This quote proves how Antony kept
mentioning about Brutus and the Concpirators. Although he mentions that Brutus is an
honorable man, he means the opposite. Antony wants mutiny against the Conspirators.
He wants revenge. Antony’s technique, although, was very original. He used repetition.
His use of repetition created a sense of sarcasm about Brutus and the Conspirators when
he repeatedly referred to them as ” honorable men”. Antony made use of mentioning that
Caesar was not ambitious for three reasons: he refused the crown three times, he did not
pocket the money, rather, he put it in the treasury, and he wept for the poor. By saying
this, Antony hoped to get the attention of the crowd counteracting Brutus’ statement of
Caesar being ambitious. Also, Antony makes good use of Caesars will and the dead body.
He tries to intice the crowd by referring to the will, which offered seventy five drachma to
each citizen as well as Caesar’s land to be used for a public park. At first, the people were
against Antony, due to Brutus’ previous speech. Antony did an excellent job of
perswaying the crowd and moving them to mutiny, which was his original purpose.
Although it was Antony’s appeal to the crowds emotions that ultimately swayed them to
In conclusion, both Brutus and Atony’s speeches were very important to that story
so that the point could be lead across of Caesar’s death. Both characters shared their
opinions and in the end, one got the approval of the crowd. In this, Antony did a very
good job of moving the crowd to mutiny.