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Character Analysis, Marc Antony
March 15, 1999
Marc Antony, of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, changes dramatically throughout the play. He begins the play a foolish reveler and ends it as a power hungry, vengeful, cold hearted member of the Second Triumvirate. What prompts this dramatic change of character in Antony? A number of things, chiefly the death of Caesar, and the power he gains in the Second Triumvirate.
In Act I and II the characters of the play see Antony as little more than a foolish, gamesome, reveler. Antony is nothing more than a friend of Caesar. Brutus dismisses him as a threat to the conspiracy saying “for he is well given / to sports, to wildness, and much company”(II. i. 188-189). The other conspirators are quick to agree that “there is no fear in him"(II. i. 190.). Caesar like the others, does not think much of Antony, other than as a friend. He shows surprise in one instance and says “See! Antony, that revels long a-nights, / is notwithstanding up”(II. ii. 116-117.). Everyone sees Antony as a young partier and not worth much thought. They however have miss judged Antony as they soon find out.
In Act III you first see the conniving, scheming Antony you will see for the remainder of the play. Rather than foolishly show up and yell at Brutus and the other conspirators, after Caesar’s death, he sends a servant ahead to see if it is safe, and chooses his words carefully. He is careful to convince at least Brutus that he is a friend. He, the ‘foolish’ reveler, out wits Brutus and receives permission to speak at Caesar’s funeral. In his soliloquy at the end of the scene he shows that he has already thought ahead and has a direct course of ...
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