How Does Anthony Change In Julius Caesar

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In the beginning of the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Antony is a secondary character and is not relevant. After Caesar’s death his true personality is revealed and it shows in his actions and speeches. Mark Antony is Caesar’s right hand man. The conspirators decide to spare his life because he persuades them into believing that he is on their side. He portrays what is means to have be confident in the choices of others and maintain his devotion when the majority opinion swayed. Throughout the novel, Antony’s personality becomes apparent. Caesar’s death sparked a hidden anger that leads to the drastic change in character. The qualities that Anthony possesses change throughout the novel, contributing to this change are his detachment…show more content…
Caesar’s power protects him; therefore, Antony feels comfortable and as if he does not need to voice his own opinions. There is an obvious dedication between the two characters: “when Caesar says ‘Do this,’ it is performed”(I.ii.9-10) while celebrating the Feast of Lupercal. There is no doubt in Antony’s mind that Caesar will be the best ruler Rome has seen. The trust between the two characters is obvious as the play progresses. Antony is willing to do any task for Caesar. These qualities are ones of a fair leader and a good friend. Although he shows his trust in Caesar, Antony’s friendship with the ruler is seen as a weakness. While scheming against the newly proclaimed leader, the conspirators make the decision to spare Antony’s life. His commensalistic relationship with Caesar was his saving grace. Brutus argues in Antony’s favor, pleading that “To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,/Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;/For Antony is but a limb of Caesar”(II.i. 162-165) would be mere murder, whereas killing Caesar is an act of justice. Brutus influenced by Antony and his alluring language. Antony knows how to use his words to his own advantage, and this quality was the main reason Brutus chooses to speak out against the opinion of the

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