Since the beginning of time all men have been judged by their words, and their character is determined by their accusations. But more importantly, if they stand behind it and their actions match what they claim. It’s safe to say that Brutus and Antony both shared powerful speeches and arguments. But Brutus seemed to have the most moving because of his exaggeration and assertion the Antony’s speech did not possess. Though Brutus had the most powerful speech, they both have similarities that could have led to Antony having the better one.
They both concentrate on honor, have loaded words, rhetorical-assertion, and both of their purposes was to persuade the audience; just to name off a phew of the similarities they shared. This is shown with Brutus in Act 3, and Scene 2, Paragraph 4. “Who id here so base the would be a bondman? Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman?” Same for Antony in Act 3, Scene 2, Paragraphs 10-11. “He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this Ambition?”There are many differences in these two speeches and arguments which really makes you choose what moves you more and which one you would like more. Brutus is trying to convince the people that killing Caesar was the right thing to do and will benefit them in the long run.
He stresses the good of their choices, and he’s more lowkey with the way he puts it to them and how they’re going to do it. Exceedingly different from the way Antony goes about his speech and argument. Antony shows empathy and persuade them that consoritors were actually their foe’s. He also uses irony in ways like sarcasm, he makes things way more dramatic. If you ask me, Brutus had the stronger persuasion. Simply because at the end of the day, Caesar was killed at the hands of Brutus. Also because the fact that all men want to be free, had Caesar still be alive there will still be men enslaved. “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” That is why Brutus had the stronger persuasion.
They’re two parts to this argument and it could have went either way for good reasons. Antony, like many people don’t want to see anyone close to them dead, or any one for that matter; except if you’re Brutus. Antony is trying to touch the sensitive side of people and try to get them to have sympathy. Brutus is trying to get people to see the bigger picture by going to what’s really going on, “The Business.” Caesar probably didn’t have to die, but if that’s what the people wanted than there was really nothing he could do.
It’s safe to say that Brutus and Antony both had powerful speeches and arguments. But Brutus seemed to have the most moving because of his exaggeration and assertion the Antony’s speech did not possess. They both have very many similarities. They both have very many differences. And it looks as if Brutus has the best speech. I wonder how different things would be if Antony’s speech was moving enough to keep Caesar alive.