Though they are used to influence the

Though there have been different responsibilities that leaders have altered, pursuing and influencing others has not. Usually when speeches are made they are used to influence the listeners and give them awareness. In the significant play Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare represents what happens when bad actions are made, due to the wrong words being put in their heads. The story Julius Caesar begins with a powerful leader that was killed by his good friend Brutus because of the jealousy and popularity he had. After Caesar’s death, Brutus tried to convince the townspeople that Caesar’s death was good and that it would be beneficial for them. Antony and Brutus made it a mission to convince the plebeians that their side was better. Although, both speeches were convincing, one stood out more than the other. Nevertheless, Brutus and Antony’s speeches are a little different from each others, Antony uses emotions, repetition, and rhetorical questions that made his more powerful. Antony and Brutus have used many different devices to grab the audience’s attention and to show whose speech was better. One similarity they had was using ethos to show who was and who was not trustworthy. Antony goes on to call Brutus and his men “honourable” and “ambitious” when they really are not. Antony states, “Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:/… For Brutus is an honourable man;/ so are they all, all honourable men (JC.3.2.6-11). Antony tries to tell the townspeople that an honourable man would never murder. Especially, a friend. But, Brutus’s speech was the opposite. Brutus was trying to say anything to make the people believe him. He states, “believe me/ for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that/ you may believe” (JC.3.2.3-5). Brutus was willing to tell the people whatever so they would not punish him and they would understand why he killed Caesar. While Antony and Brutus had many different ways to grab the audience and pull them in, Antony uses emotions to convince the people that Caesar deserves justice. In Antony’s speech he starts off saying, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him./ The evil that men do lives after them;/ The good is oft interred with their bones” (JC 3.2.2-4). Antony tries to tell the people that he was not there to praise Caesar, he was there to remember him. He explains that when people have done wrong it will be remembered more than the good they did. On the other hand, Brutus tries to persuade the people that killing Caesar was for the good of Rome. He explains that Caesar would not have the best interest for the town and Brutus felt that destroying him would be rewarding for the townspeople. Brutus states, ” With this I depart, –that, as I slew my best lover for the/good of Rome (JC.3.2.35-36). He tries to convince the plebeians that if Caesar was still alive that Rome would be on the road to disaster. According to the citizens, they believe Antony’s speech is better due to the use of anecdotes and exaggerations. As Antony was delivering his speech he was trying to drag his words out and exaggerate to make it more serious to get the plebeians to understand where he was coming from. Antony states, “Bear with me;/ My heart is in the office there with Caesar” (JC.3.2.33-34). He is trying to grab the attention of the townspeople to receive pity from them. While also, trying to show the plebeians Caesar’s good qualities, reminding them that when the poor had nothing and could not do anything, Caesar was there to cry with them and help them. Antony states, “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept” (JC.3.2.19). Antony tried to show the plebeians how good of a person Caesar was and that he was killed for no reason. Therefore, making his speech more powerful than Brutus’s. While many citizens think that Antony’s speech was better, some think that Brutus’s use of repetition made the plebeians feel like they were hearing the same thing over and over again. Although, Brutus was trying to make his point, the use of the same words made the townspeople feel as if they were not being taken seriously. They may have felt as if Brutus was treating them as a child, having to repeat himself multiple times. In Brutus’s mind, he thought that he was doing just fine, as if nothing was wrong. But, it goes the same way in real life. When people tell a lie and it starts to build up, it is almost like they have to convince themselves that it was true and they start to believe it. Also including, that when words and phrases are repeated very often, it may cause the readers to not pay attention and lose interest in what is being said. So, it is important to switch words up and use different devices to keep their attention. Antony does this and his speech keeps the plebeians attention, due to the multiple devices used to express himself. In conclusion, there were different opinions and sides to the story. Anthony’s speech was more powerful and it clicked with the plebeians, because of his use of emotions and exaggerations. While Brutus’s speech may have made the townspeople feel as if they were not intelligent with his use of repetition. They both discussed their values, honor, and there version of the murder. From those words alone, history was changed dramatically and the future would have an unexpected turn. This goes to show that words are very powerful and they have deeper meanings to them. Some may think that it is just a word, it is not, there is more to it.