In this scene from Act 3 Antony's attitude is different than in later parts of the play. How are these differences shown and how does this extract link with other parts of the tragedy "Julius Ceasar"?

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In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"; Mark Antony is one of the characters that transforms throughout the play. Antony's character changes from being the loyal friend to Caesar, to a tactful and coherent politician and then finally transforming to become the next co-ruler of Rome. This passage is one of many instances where Antony's personality changes.

This excerpt is basically a build up and a taste of what to be expected and a contrast to the beginning. This passage is the first time Antony says a long paragraph and this already shows that Antony has changed from the simple sentences at the start. It not only gives hints about what the audience now expects of Antony but it also shows a totally different side about him. This extract also shows the audience of Antony's love to Caesar and how sorrowful and heart broken he is that the mighty Caesar now lies dead under Pompeii's feet.

At the start of the play, Mark Antony's character is that of friend to Caesar. Antony serves under Caesar and follows his orders; "When Caesar say 'Do this!' it is performed". Antony is also youthful and a sort of "party boy". Brutus says that he lacks that "quick spirit" and "gamesome" that is in Antony. Comparing this character to the character in the passage there is a great contrast. In the beginning Antony is none other than Caesar's follower who is young at heart. He says very few words and only speaks when spoken to by Caesar. However, in the passage Antony's character is very serious and strong; "I shall not find myself so apt to mean of death". He speaks what is in his heart even though there are others listening. This shows a change in Antony's personality but Antony's love for...