Julius Caesar

Why is it ironic that Antony states in his funeral speech that he is "no great orator as Brutus is"?


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That would be because Antony is clearly the better speaker. Brutus is clearly outmatched at the funeral speech. Antony is a master of rhetoric; he seldom means what he says. Antony's famous “Friends, Romans, Countrymen Lend Me Your Ears” speech is a masterful use of rhetoric to turn the crowd against the conspirators. Poor Brutus never had a chance.