Selecting a good leader for a country is like setting up a set of dominoes. Ifthe leader does his job correctly the country will be strong, but if he does notbecome a good leader, the country will topple and go fall. A good leader must beable to make his own decisions because if he cannot make decisions on his own,then he would be considered as a weak leader. The leader of the country has tobe able to communicate with the people as well because if he gets the people ofthe country to listen, then his job would be much easier. Another thing thatmakes up a good leader is nobility because if he is noble to the countrymen,then there would not be any disputes within the country. Mark Antony, from theplay Julius Caesar, has the characteristics of a good leader. Not only is he aconfident and noble person, he is also persuasive and that helps in becoming agood leader.
Mark Antony would be a good leader of Rome because he is confident,noble, and persuasive. Mark Antony would become a great leader because he isconfident. He never changes his mind when he makes a decision and that is goodin a leader.
When the triumvirate was making a list of people to kill, Antonycame across the name of his nephew. Even though it was his nephew that he waskilling, Antony said, “He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.”Antony had to kill his nephew because his nephew might have opposed him, and hedid not want to take the chance. Another part where Antonys confidence indecision making was when he was talking to Octavius about Lepidus. Thetriumvirate was made up of three people, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius, and so”The threefold world divided, he should stand one of the three to share it?”Antony meant that Lepidus would not be capable of ruling a third of the world,and that he would rather take half and Octavius take the other half. MarkAntonys confidence shows him being capable of becoming a great leader. Alongwith being confident, Mark Antony would make a great leader because of hisnobility towards others. Antony was seen to be noble towards Caesar.
The two menwere close to each other as a mother and her child. When Caesar died, MarkAntony wanted revenge for Caesar. And Caesars spirit, ranging for revenge,With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall stir these confines with amonarchs voice Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war, That this fouldeed shall smell above the earth With carrion men, groaning for burial. (Lines270-275 pg.483) Caesar was like family to Mark Antony and when Caesar waskilled, Antony wanted Caesars spirit to rest easier, and so he went to getrevenge for Caesar. Besides being noble to Caesar, Antony was noble to thecountrymen as well.
When Antony came to give his speech about Caesar at thetown, the people were listening to him respectively. Antony knew aboutCaesars will and he did not have to tell the citizens about it. Since Antonywas a good person he read the will and he said “To every Roman citizen hegives, To every several man, seventy-five drachams.” Being a good person as heis, he read the will as the people wanted so that they would be content.
Antonys nobility shows him to be worthy in becoming a good leader for Rome.Along with being confident and noble, Mark Antony would be a great leaderbecause he is persuasive. Since Antony had great speaking skills, he could getpeople to think the way he wants them to think. After Caesars death, Antonymet up with the conspirators and he decided to make them think he would forgetabout the assassination. He said “I doubt not of your wisdom. Let each manrender me his bloody hand.” The conspirators thought that Antony had forgiventhem, but the truth was that Antony was going to make the public turn againstBrutus and the conspirators. When it was time for Antony to make his speechabout Caesar to the countrymen, he used his orating skills and got thecountrymen to side with him.
The citizens were moved by his speech and said,”Well hear him, well follow him, well die with him.” The countrymenwere listening to Brutus words at the beginning and they were agreeing withwhat he said. Now Antony had gotten the people to listen to him and follow him.Antony uses his speech skills to win the heart of the crowd and he makes thepeople feel how he wants them to feel.
Something he said was “Good friends,sweet friends, let me not stir you up To such a sudden flood of mutiny.” Thatquotation probably made the crowd want to know more of what Antony had to say,and that was what Antony wanted. So, the ability to persuade people is a veryimportant element in becoming a good leader. A good country should have a goodleader, and Mark Antony has the capability of becoming a great leader. He canpersuade people into thinking as he does and he is noble to the people of thecountry. He gives the people a chance to say what they have to say instead ofjust going on his own beliefs.
He is also confident in himself and so whateverhe decides to do he does, and does not change his mind. Not only is he noble tohis friends, he is also noble to the people of the country as well. With Antonyas a leader, the country would not go bad since he is a person who does thingsright. Mark Antony was an honorable and powerful man, and so he would be thegreatest leader.