Figurative Language In Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar is an interesting story in which words have a great impact. Specifically the words of Marcus Brutus and Mark Antony. Their speeches determine how the rest of the story continues. Between the two Antony is the better orator because, he does not talk about himself, he is poetic, and he speaks as a man of the people. Throughout the story it becomes very apparent that his choice in words are much more effective than those of Brutus. Between the two Brutus considers himself the better orator and to Antony it is irrelevant to his actions or decisions in life. He presents himself as a simple soldier. This is evident for both characters in act 3. This is the act where the two give the crowds their personal opinions on the death of…show more content…
You are not wood, you are not stones, but men; And, being men, bearing the will of Caesar, It will inflame you, it will make you mad: 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs; For, if you should, O, what would come of it!” (Julius Caesar 3.2.140-146) The entire time he speaks these words he is frustrating the crowd and comforting them at same time. The format in which he chose to speak to the people was quite clever. Brutus spoke like an aristocrat and Antony like a man of the people. In conclusion, Antony is the clear winner in this oratorical competition. He is brilliant. In fact more than brilliant he is perhaps more logical than Brutus. He knew exactly the right buttons to push in his speech. To a reader it appears as if much of his speech is directed to Brutus himself assuming he is in the crowd somewhere listening. Antony knew he could work up the crowd before he even played his final card. That card, referring to the will of course, was what officially changed the crowds mind and in an instant they went from crowd to mob. What earns Antony the label of being the better orator is the fact that even after he had the people he continued in his shakespearean iambic

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