TWO JULIUS CAESAR SPEECHES COMPARE AND CONTRASTWilliam Shakespeare is well known for many of his great masterpieces. His works are critically acclaimed because of their content and mostly have significance to politics. Amongst them is the play “Julius Caesar” which characterized the life of old Roman leader Julius Caesar himself and his death. Within the story lies a politic context as he was killed by his political rivals, or so we thought. And on this essay, we will discuss the speech between two leaders named Brutus and Marc Antony that took place during the funeral oration of Julius Caesar himself and will highlight the similarities and contrast. Brutus was among the conspirators who killed Julius Caesar and was considered a traitor as he is close to the General. He fully expressed his profound sadness regarding Caesar’s death by his hands and the others but defended his reason for the betrayal. He professed his patriotism despite his respect of Caesar, saying “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” He told the crowd around the pulpit of his sincerity towards Julius Caesar. He had a humble oration speech and had the crowd taking his side. His speech was simply straightforward, claiming nothing in it but the truth.Marc Antony, on the other hand, used a rather rhetorical method in his speech. It is more of a speech to tell of Julius Caesar’s good deeds. He goes on to say “I speak not to disapprove what Brutus spoke, but here I am to speak what I do know.” He was able to obtain the approval of the citizens by giving credit to Caesar and the benefit the crowd gained from it. He, in the end, received the favor of the crowd and won over Brutus during the oration as he made them realize of the significance of the death of Julius Caesar. Although Brutus had been openly honest about the reason behind the deed, Antony’s words are quite powerful enough for the crowd to change their mind and decision on who to take sides with, which was him.In my opinion, both speakers can be right or wrong. While Antony’s speech made use of sympathy, Brutus’ made an impact with his honest speech and words. This leaves the crowd to decide and consider better judgement over the matter. In relevance to the outcome, it was when Antony was able to twist the side of the story, mainly because of his reasoning speech that he gained the citizen’s favor over Brutus. His choice of words and delivery was how that made impact to the crowd. To cut the long story short, even though Brutus spoke with complete sincerity, Marc Antony’s manipulative speech decided the turn of events. I can compare this with the modern day politics we have and can see the similarity as they both seem like they are running for senate and are explaining their propagandas. The similarity of the two speakers is that they both mentioned having a high sense of respect to Julius Caesar. The contrasting idea is that one of them, Brutus, has no use for crediting himself over his deed and has no self-centered quality. Antony, on the other hand, though he sounded very logical with his speech, used the people’s emotions to get them realize the importance of Julius Caesar. Brutus’ speech has more simple compositions than Antony’s which took a lot of twists and turns to get to the point. But they have both spoken very well as they were both able to make a point to the audience and left them thinking over it with themselves.Works CitedHistory.com Staff. “Julius Caesar.” History.com. http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/julius-caesar Accessed 22 Jan. 2018Hylton, Jeremy. “The Complete Works of Shakespeare.” Julius Caesar. http://shakespeare.mit.edu/julius_caesar/julius_caesar.3.2.html Accessed 22 Jan. 2018Johnson, Brandon. ” ‘Julius Caesar’ Brutus and Mark Antony Speech Comparison.” Free Book Summary. https://freebooksummary.com/julius-caesar-brutus-and-mark-antony-speech-comparison-70340 Accessed 22 Jan. 2018Johnson, Brandon. “An analysis of Marc Antony’s Funeral Oration during Julius Caesar.” Free Book Summary. https://freebooksummary.com/an-analysis-of-marc-antonys-funeral-oration-during-julius-caesar-70449 Accessed 22 Jan. 2018