The cloak is the sole true "prop," or property. Shakespeare couldn't, or didn't want to, portray Caesar's bloodied body. Instead, he followed Plutarch's lead and had Antony stir the throng by displaying Caesar's bleeding cloak. This was also effective political strategy: by focusing on what Caesar had given up (his dignity) rather than what he had given away (his life), it made his death more tragic and memorable.
Caesar's death has been called the most famous assassination in history. It is certainly among the most memorable. As far as props are concerned, nothing else even comes close.
Shakespeare did more than display Caesar's cloak. He also wrote about it later in the play, when Brutus tells Cassius that everyone will remember how Caesar was killed. "There is a tide in the affairs of men / Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; / Omitted, all the voyage of their life / Is bound in shallows and in miseries" (III.i.69-72). In other words, if you go through life without making a big mistake, you're going through it wrong!
It may surprise some people to learn that although Caesar was murdered, he wasn't actually trying to save himself. According to some historians, he wanted to die on the field of battle rather than surrender himself to Mark Antony.
Brutus does not feel Mark Antony poses a threat, thus he tells Cassius that killing Mark Antony will make "[the conspirators'] route appear too bloody" (line 175). According to Brutus, killing Antony is needless since he has no authority without Caesar and is "just a limb of Caesar" (line 178).
Furthermore, according to Brutus, it would be better if everyone just followed Caesar's orders: "Treat his [Caesars] letters as if they were laws. Let us all swear loyalty to him." (lines 183-185)
In conclusion, Brutus says killing Antony will make the conspirators' route look like it was done in a bloodbath which is not necessary because Antony has no power on his own.
Antony's soliloquy exposes that his allegiance to Brutus and the other conspirators is a ruse and that he truly intends to revenge Caesar. Antony tries to convince himself and others that this is not the case, but it is clear that his actions do not support this claim.
In addition to revealing his true intentions, Antony's soliloquy also reveals some interesting information about him. For example:
• He knows that death will come when it comes. Although this knowledge brings him fear, it does not give him hope for survival after death. Death still has the same power over him as it did before he knew it would be his final enemy.
• He wants people to believe that he is still loyal to the conspirators even though he has decided to kill Caesar. By saying that he is going to make room for others more deserving than himself, he hopes that they will put his name forward as a candidate for their cause.
• He admits that Caesar was right to fear him. This shows that despite all of Antony's attempts to prove him wrong, Caesar did have good reason to be afraid of him.
• He says that he can never face Rome again because it is evil.
Marc Antony's funeral oration following Caear's assassination serves two purposes: It is intended to refute Brutus' claim that Caesar is ambitious. It is intended to incite civil disturbance and turn the public against the conspirators.
Antony begins by praising Caesar as a noble man who sought only to improve his country. He then goes on to say that it is Brutus who is truly ambitious who wants not only all power but also glory. He concludes by saying that although many great men have fallen at Caesar's hand, those who live on will remember him.
This oration serves three main purposes: 1 It proves that Caesar was not ambitious; 2 It incites the people against the assassins; 3 It encourages them to take up arms against Mark Anthony, who has joined the conspiracy.
Antony's speech is one of the most famous in Roman history. It shows that Marc Antony was a skilled orator who knew how to use language effectively to persuade others.
Another thing that can be said about Antony's speech is that it contains some very interesting metaphors which help explain why Caesar was so popular with the people. For example, he says that "Caesar was like a mountain range" or a " hurricane " or even "the sea".
Antony is exemplifying the ethos here. He's describing his motivations, providing the viewers reason to believe he's a trustworthy guy. In Act III, Brutus' speech, ethos is also employed. "I didn't love Caesar less, but I loved Rome more" (Act III.lxv). This statement gives the audience reason to trust that what Brutus says next will be true: that he killed Caesar out of respect for the law.
Brutus uses ethos again in his farewell address (Act IV.lx-lxi). He begins by saying how much he regrets having to leave his friends. Then he explains that he's doing so because he believes it's for the good of Rome. He finishes by telling them that he doesn't hate them and hopes they will forgive him for what he's about to do.
Here are some other examples of Antony using ethos: "My heart does protest / But then I think of you, young friend, and all that I have done, / And I am willing to die" (Act II.lxvii). At this point in the play, Octavius has just found out that Mark Antony has arrived in Italy with plans to kill him.
Later on in the same act, after another unsuccessful attempt on Octavius' life, Antony talks with Lepidus about what they should do next.