Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. It’s about a group of conspirators who kill their king, Julius, in order to be free. Antony, opposed to the assassination, felt that he should avenge Julius’s death. He delivered a speech that convinced the Romans that the murder was unjust, invoking their rebellion. Brutus, head of the conspiracy, also gave a good speech, but the Romans didn’t react to it. A battle erupted, and most of the conspirators committed suicide. The funeral speech of Brutus was weakened by being vague and brief, while that of Antony was powerful by use of specifics.
The funeral speech of Brutus was weak. His oration was way too brief. He had no specific example of Caesar’s ambition. He also said that Romans would be slaves, but he didn’t support this view. A good quote that supports the lack of specific example of ambition was when Brutus said, “as he was ambitious I slew him.”Brutus made a big mistake by letting Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral. Antony’s dramatic speech won the crowd over and ultimately resulted in the downfall of the conspiracy. The emotional style of Antony’s speech was much more effective than the rational approach used by Brutus.