Mark Antony

Mark Antony

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Mark Antony did all he could to avenge Caesar’s death. He resorted to desperate measures sometimes in order to stay loyal to Caesar following his assassination. So in Act ((( it’s understood from Mark Antony’s speeches that he truly loved Caesar and would do anything for him even after his death.

Mark Antony’s first speech is his dialogue to Brutus and the conspirators asking if it is safe for him to join them, which fearing for your life is understandable in his situation. He then goes on to say he is now loyal to the conspirators, shaking each ones hand getting the blood of Caesar on his own hands in the process. This is all necessary for him to convince the conspirators and Brutus that he has sided with them when all the time he has stayed loyal to Caesar. But the conspirators don’t know that. This is where he becomes two faced but it is all for the good of Caesar.

Unfortunately for Brutus and the conspirators they decide to leave Mark Antony to give the eulogy at Caesars’ funeral. This was a serious mistake in that the conspirators underestimated Mark Antony's persuasive ability. He gave this speech all he had for the revenge of Caesar’s “ambitious” corpse. At one point he even stoops to bribery saying that Caesar left each citizen of Rome 75 drachmas. Thus giving great retribution to his “Doing anything for Caesar”. After doing all this for his fallen friend he finally succeeds in persuading the crowd that the murderers of Caesar should be killed.

Knowing he got the job done or at least got the ball rolling, he gives an aside quoting:
“Now let it work. Mischief thou art afoot, take thou what course thou wilt”.
Which finalizes the conclusion of his speeches to turn the crowd against Brutus and the Conspirators.

Using his cunning Mark Antony convinced the crowd that at one point was pro- Caesar’s death to hunt down and kill the murderers of...

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