Mark antonys speech a masterpiece of oratory
the english poet and playwright william shakespeare is recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists.
julius caesar 1599 is one of his major tragedies. it is the tragic story of political rivalries in ancient rome.
fearing julius caesar will become a popular tyrant, brutus and cassius plot to assassinate him. on the day agreed for the assassination caesar is nearly persuaded to stay at home by his wife calphurnias fateful dreams. he decides to go to the senate, ignoring a soothsayers warning and a letter that names all the conspirators, and is stabbed. brutus calms the citizens attending caesars funeral and spares mark antony, caesars trusted companion and allows him to speak to the people.
mark antony starts talking to a crowd that is already convinced of the rightfulness of brutuss cause. he addresses them by you gentle romans to achieve whats called captatio benevolentiae, that is gaining...
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