A Man of Many Natures- Antony in Julius Caesar

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"Oh pardon me thou bleeding piece of earth, that I am meek and gentle with these butchers! Thou art the ruins of the noblest man that ever lived in the tide of times...."

These were the words of Marcus Antonius in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Antony was an intelligent man with an improvisatory nature. He loved Caesar and was always loyal to him. Antony could have been given the crown but he wanted the freedom. He liked being dependent upon Julius Caesar in order to live a glamorous life without the contractual obligation.

In Act I, Scene ii we see our first example of Antony's faithfulness to Caesar. During the race, Caesar asks Antony to touch Calpurnia so that she may bear children. Antony agrees to complete the task without any hesitation. A few lines later Brutus says, "...I do lack some part of that quick spirit that is in Antony..."

This implies that Antony was very healthy and had much athletic ability. In this scene, one can also see that Caesar loves Antony as much as Antony loved him.

After Caesar's death in Act III, Scene I, Antony speaks to Caesar's body in pain and agony. He knows that Caesar was killed because of his high power and now fears he may be next. He then speaks again saying,

"...That I did love the Caesar, O, 'tis true! If then thy spirit look upon us now, shall it not grieve thee dearer then thy death to see Antony making peace, shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes, most noble, in the presence of thy course?"

Now Antony is speaking to the conspirators and feeling great emotion for the death of his beloved friend.

Next, Antony shows his mischievous side by tricking the conspirators into thinking that he is on...