Anthony Character Analysis

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  • Anthony
    • Love for Caesar
      • In Act 1 Scene 2, Anthony is running around in a goatskin at the Feast of Lupercal, agreeing to everything Caesar has to say,
        • Anthony declares 'When Caesar says 'do this', it is perform'd.'
        • By asserig that Julius Caesar's word are authoritative enough to make anything happen, Anthony draws our attention to the sheer power of language in the play,
      • Anthony appears first as the trusted friend of Caesar.
      • After Caesar's death, he appears as a deeply grieving friend and as a careful tactician who is prepared to negotiate with Caesar's murders,
    • Master of Rhetoric
      • Anthony's strong suit is rhetoric which is the art of speaking persuasively,
        • This makes him an excellent politician,
      • While Brutus appears to people's sense of logic and argument, Anthony appears to people's emotions which is more effective,
      • After Caesar's death, Anthony manages to convince the conspirators that he should be allowed to speak at Caesar's funeral
      • At the speech, it begins 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.'
        • he delivers a well-crafted speech that is designed to turn people against the conspirators and launch him into power,
      • His speech contains a mixture of genuine grief and deliberate crowd arousal which makes this scene the pivot on which the action in the play turns,
        • The rhetoric use in the play and its effects on the crowd presented to Shakespeare's time  audiences a staging of mob destructiveness that Elizabethan's greatly feared.
        • After Anthony finishes speaking, all hell breaks lose and civil war starts which is exactly what Anthony intended,
    • Shakespeare/ Elizabethans
      • When Anthony delivers his speech to the Plebeians, they are very fickle so are easily affected which Elizabethans would have been disgusted at how their is no loyalty to their leader,
      • When Anthony creates large mob of destructiveness, Elizabethans would have been generally fearful of them and what they could do,
  • In Act 1 Scene 2, Anthony is running around in a goatskin at the Feast of Lupercal, agreeing to everything Caesar has to say,
    • Anthony declares 'When Caesar says 'do this', it is perform'd.'
    • By asserig that Julius Caesar's word are authoritative enough to make anything happen, Anthony draws our attention to the sheer power of language in the play,

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