Character Decription of Mark Anthony and his role in the Shakespearean play, "Julius Caesar"

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As a whisper becomes a shout, so does the passionate and cunning ambitions of Mark Anthony prevail. Mark Anthony serves as a developing passionate and lively character. His love for Caesar is deep-rooted, as Cassius says (II, 1,183) His quiet, obedient exterior quickly dissolves upon his discovery of Caesars death; he quickly speaks his mind, "O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, and spoils, shrunk to this little measure? - Now, whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke, fulfill your pleasure. Live a thousand years, I shall not find myself so apt to die." (III.1, 148) Later he continues on his raving disbelief of the tragedy that is Caesars death, "And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge, with Ate by his side come hot from hell, shall in these confines with a monarch's voice cry havoc and let slip the dog of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial."

(II, 1,270) This love overflows to the funeral oration, where he solemnly speaks to the citizens of Rome, an audacious aura surrounding him. (III, 2, 71) The passion of Mark Anthony is one that leaves a lasting impression on all who observe him, literary and physical. What more to sit behind a passionate face than a sly and cunning mind. Strait from his passionate oration comes a thought out, clever plan to sway the countrymen. His use of fact, humility and rhetorical questions leave the common man with no choice but to aggressively pursue every word from Anthony's mouth. He silently and subtly brings the people against the noble Brutus; saying that he is an honorable man many times (III, 2, 80) but implying that Brutus' reasoning for killing Caesar was faulty. He then sparks...