With regards to ethical appeal, Antony was superior to Brutus because he established c... ... middle of paper ... ... plebeians did not understand Brutus’ intentions to prove that Caesar was killed so that the plebeians would not become “slaves” under Caesar’s potential dictatorship. Even though Brutus initially had the plebeians favor, it was extremely ephemeral and as a result, Brutus’ argument proved to be quite futile. Antony, on the other hand, produced a speech that achieved its’ purpose and gained favor with the plebeians. In the middle of Antony’s speech, they state, “ If thou consider rightly of the matter than Caesar has had great wrong” ( Act 111, scene ii, lines 108-109). As Antony intended, the plebeians realize how gullible they were and agree with him that Caesar’s death was unjustified.
Much of this sentiment, however, was developed by the treacherous Cassius. Antony, on the other hand, felt that the conspirators were traitors to Rome and should be dealt with. This speech used a variety of methods to gradually bring the crowd to his side, yet maintain his side of the deal with Brutus. This deal was that he, “shall not in your funeral speech blame us...” (3.1.245) for the death of Caesar. Antony holds his end of the deal for the majority of the speech, yet by doing so convinces the crowd of Brutus' and the others' disloyalty.
That is only what was said; he was not a man of ambition. Antony proves this by saying that Caesar turned the crown down and even wept for the poor of Rome. Brutus is referred to as an honorable man. Of course this is not true, but Antony uses the statement as verbal irony to sway the peoples' minds. Everyone knows that killing someone, no matter what the case, is not a quality of an honorable person.
He let himself get fooled by Mark Antony’s manipulation of words which made Brutus to trust Mark Antony even more. Because of this, he trusted him enough to let him speak in front of the Roman Citizens. This is never a good idea when a person is debating, it is more opportune to go second so you can counter the other person’s argument Brutus, even when his mind has good intention it is also littered with ignorance. Brutus had good intentions but his ignorance made him make not the best decisions. He had made many ignorant decisions because he did not want to listen to Cassius.
For example, when he addresses the crowd in his funeral speech, Brutus states, “Believe me/for mine honor and have respect to mine honor/that you may believe” (3.2.15-17). Brutus appeals to ethos and establishes his credibility by repeating “honor”. The public now believes that he does indeed have “honor”. He also convinces the public that he is trustworthy by appealing to ethos. Similarly after Brutus’ death Antony states, “This was the noblest Roman…/All of the conspirators, save only he/did that they did in envy of great Caesar” (5.5.74-76).
Machiavelli wants leaders to be a good judge of character (Fears). Caesar is not just taking Cassius by what he is saying, he is questioning his honesty by how he looks and acts too. In this aspect, Caesar is a great Machiavellian leader. But, he is easily swayed when Antony tells him that actually he should not worry and that Cassius is not that bad of a guy. So Caesar believes him.
He used the three appeals, ethos, pathos, and logos, to his advantage and evn though Brutus also used the same three appeals, his speech did not impact the Roman countrymen nearly as much as Antony. Both speeches had the same structure and used the same rhetorcial devices but Antony’s speech was much more influencial and because of that, he help build the great history that is Rome.
Antony impressively turns the people from Brutus?s line of thought to his own. The respect from the people is not quite strong enough to hold when Brutus takes his supposed moral intentions and kills his friend Ceaser. Brutus? reputation, although good, is not good enough to cover such blatantly faulty motives, which were unnoticed before they were subtly pointed out by Antony. ?Brutus is an honorable man?.
Brutus was hero due to his honor and nobility till the end. Brutus valued honor throughout this play, and his values are acknowledged him and many other characters. Mark Antony even mentions his valor many throughout the play especially in his speech, and his final words given over Brutus’ inert body. “This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he did that they did in envy of great Caesar.
Most everyone knew this. If both his allies and his opponents could think of positive things to say about him in spite of everything that occurred, Brutus truly was an honorable man. After reviewing the information that has been presented in the William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, it appears to be evident that Marcus Brutus holds all of the characteristics of a tragic hero. He is a flawed central character whose death occurs because of his flaw, yet he maintains his honorable status. Though he made many mistakes in the process that he used to try and rid Rome of tyranny, all he did was for the well-being of every citizen of Rome.