Caesar's Funeral Speeches - "Justification versus Manipulation"
In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, one of the most important and significant orations are the funeral speeches given by both Brutus and Mark Antony. At first glance, the funeral speeches seem to have no true significant meaning. However upon further investigation it is established that the speeches ultimately serve as the basis for the final outcome of the play. By exploring the speeches of both Brutus and Mark
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This along with Brutus' lack of human insight aided in his inevitable downfall. Mark Antony's speech on the other hand, "for all its playing on passions and all its lies," proved to be at the bottom a truly honest speech because of Antony's unconditional love for Caesar. (Goddard pg. 322) To that extent Antony had truth on his side, making him concrete and real rather then abstract, (Brutus) and with this aided in his successful victory.