Mark Antony’s Funeral Oration Video
Mark Antony – Funeral Oration
from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Act III, Scene II)
Performed by Nick Baldasare
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears . . .”. Is there anyone who hasn’t heard Mark Antony’s memorable first words? This persuasive speech is a good model for the rhetorical art of persuasion. If you need to write a persuasive essay, listen to this video, then copy the words by hand and study how Shakespeare constructed each stage of his argument. You couldn’t find a better teacher!
Watch the video of Mark Antony’s speech at least twice. Observe how he uses irony to persuade his listeners, and carefully note the pacing and placement of each point. This is an example of rhetoric in action.