In the play of Julius Caesar after Julius’s death Brutus gives a speech trying to give logical reason why he needed to kill Julius. Julius’s speech is successful at convincing the people of Rome that the murder of Julius was necessary, but is immediately following Brutus in speech was Mark Anthony. Mark Anthony’s speech was one of the biggest turning points in the entire story. It is because of this speech that Julius Caesar’s death is justified. If Mark Anthony hadn’t stood up and spoke the truth about Julius Caesars murder and proved Brutus to be the true treason then Julius Caesar’s death would’ve never been rightfully justified.
Brutus gives his speech hoping to convince the people that it was necessary for Rome that Julius Caesar be murdered, he says,“ As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him”. This quote shows how Brutus uses “ambition” in an attempt to justify the murder, Brutus states that Caesar was soon planning to enslave everyone, and that Caesar was a major threat to Rome when he says, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” Although Brutus was well spoken it later becomes clear that he had been lying about all of his reasoning all along once Mark Anthony gives his speech.
In response to Brutus’s speech Mark Anthony gives a speech at Julius Caesar’s funeral hoping to enlighten the people with the true facts about Julius Caesar himself and his murder. In his speech he says, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man? You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious.” This quote shows that Julius Caesar was not an ambitious man, proving that the reason for Brutus to murder him was not as he said it was. It is quite evident throughout the story that Brutus is hungry for Julius’s power, through this speech Mark had showed to the people that Brutus was indeed lying about Caesars