Throughout life, people will learn that there are very few individuals you can trust dearly; The ones you love most can betray you in an instant, but the ones you least expect will stand by your side through thick and thin. Brutus and Antony used many of the same strategies in their speeches but Antony’s use of sarcasm and rhetorical questions made his much more effective.Both Antony and Brutus were very similar in their speeches.
They both used rhetorical questions to sway the crowd. The similarities are crystal clear when Antony said “What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him”and Brutus says “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men” both are using very powerful rhetorical questions in order to gain control of the crowd. Also Antony and Brutus exaggerated excessively in order to make their speeches dramatic and believable.
When Antony says “My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me” during his speech and as Brutus says “-as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.” they both exaggerate in order to dramatize their speeches and make the gullible crowd side with them. Antony and Brutus both had the same intentions in their speeches but their sides were different as Brutus was defending himself and Antony was defending Caesar.The speeches of Brutus and Antony conclude many similarities but they also contain many differences. One of the many differences they had was Antony was attempting to make the crowd feel sympathy as Brutus was more so instilling fear and relieve. Brutus took path of fear questioning the crowd “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men” as he said this the crowd began to feel as if Brutus was correct even tho they were never slaves. Antony tried to get on the feelings side of the crowd telling the crowd “When that the poor have cried.
Caesar hath wept” He tells them this to prove to them how Caesar felt empathy and loved them all. Another difference they had in their speeches was how Brutus was trying to justify himself and Antony was speaking for caesar. As Brutus says “Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Caesar than you should do to brutus” he is trying to justify himself saying what he did was far from wrong. Also Antony says “You all did love him once, not without cause” this shows how Antony stood by Caesar when Brutus did not.
Friend or foe you never know which one last forever.Throughout both speeches the question is, whose speech was better, it was simply Antony. It was Antony because Antony aggressively used empathy and regret to make the crowd know what was done to Caesar was wrong. Antony stated “Yesterday the word of Caesar might have stood against the world; now lies he there”. He states this to tell the crowd how Caesar would defend them in crisis but now that he’s dead there may be tyranny. He also knew Caesar personally and felt empathy for him and the crowd knew this which made his speech much more powerful. As Antony said “Tis good you know not that you are his heirs; For, if you should, O, what would you come if it” he knows the crowd will become anxious and rowdy to hear what Caesar had to say.
The way Antony stood by Caesar’s side in his past life show how the ones you least expect will stand by you and also the ones you love most will stab you in the back. Both Antony and Brutus used rhetorical questions and exaggerated excessively but Brutus did not share the same connection with the crowd that Antony did. This is why Antony had his way with the crowd, in these stories the good guy always wins.