Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays full of friendship, betrayal, death, and persuasion, also known as rhetoric. Rhetoric is a key component to Julius Caesar by how characters such as Cassius, Brutus, and Antony use their persuasion and speaking skills to sway the opinions of a person or group. Through this tale, Shakespeare is passing the message to the reader that everyone's actions are influenced by others by their use of logos, pathos, and ethos. The play takes place in the mighty city of Rome where Caesar has recently defeated his opponent, Pompey, and is being offered the crown by the people. However the conflict boils when the other nobles and senators think that Caesar will take their power and become a dictator over
Cassius specifically focuses on Brutus, one of Caesar’s closest friends, in order to gain the support of someone who the Roman public overwhelmingly loves and respects. In a private conversation with Brutus, Cassius asks him “why should [Caesar] be sounded more than / [Brutus]” and assures that “”Brutus” will start a spirit as soon as “Caesar”.” (1.2.149-156). By claiming that Brutus has as much support as Caesar, if not more, Cassius implies that Brutus is more than fit to take the position that Caesar currently holds. This uncovers Cassius’s true motives because it shows that he solely intends to use Brutus as a puppet or a figurehead who can divert people’s attention away from Caesar and open up an opportunity for Cassius to obtain power. Brutus reluctantly agrees to part of Cassius arguments, but still remains conflicted on the right thing to do. Cassius offers to be a “reflection” and allow Brutus to “modestly discover… That of [Brutus] which [he] yet know not of” (1.2.74-76). By comparing himself to a mirror, Cassius assures Brutus that he speaks only the honest and unbiased truth. This builds up legitimacy for anything Cassius plans to include in his argument, and opens up the door for new manipulative techniques as well. He can say anything within reason to convince Brutus to join him, and Brutus will simply believe Cassius due to his unwavering commitment to telling the truth. After Brutus excuses himself from this conversation, Cassius remarks that “[his] honorable mettle may be wrought / From that it is disposed…. for who so firm that cannot be seduced?” (1.2.320-324). Cassius openly admits that he plans to bend Brutus to his will, since nobody is completely immune to manipulative rhetoric. This illustrates how much Cassius desires power, since he stoops as low
Playwright, William Shakespeare, in the play Julius Caesar, utilizes many instances of rhetorical devices through the actions and speech of Caesar's right-hand man, Mark Antony. In the given excerpt, Antony demonstrates several of those rhetorical devices such as verbal irony, sarcasm, logos, ethos, and pathos which allows him to sway the plebeians. The central purpose of Mark Antony’s funeral speech is to persuade his audience into believing that Caesar had no ill intentions while manipulating the plebeians into starting a rebellion against their new enemies, Brutus and the conspirators.
For many years of human history, manipulation has been a very useful, narcissistic, and successful tool to vicious types of people. Manipulation is one of the many skills people use in order to ruse people into doing whatever they desire. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, the tragedy shows how his characters manipulate other individuals to influence them for their own aspires and intentions.
In William Shakespeare’s, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the speeches were given by both Brutus, and Mark Antony is very persuasive before their audience, but it was rhetorical devices that were being used in various ways that significantly impacted the people of Rome. The play, Julius Caesar, explores what contributes rhetoric its power by putting Brutus's appeal against Mark Antony's. Shakespeare shows Antony's speech to be preferred since he has a compelling influence on the plebeians through pathos and logos.
Cassius is a manipulative, envious, squirming, power-hungry politician who is the leader of the conspirators. He is obliviously not noble or honorable. In “Act I, Scene 2” he says, “I will this night, In several hands, in at his windows throw, As if they came from several citizens, Writings, all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name; wherein obscurely And after this, let Caesar seat him sure; For we will shake him, or worse days endure” (Shakespeare 858-859). Cassius is scheming to throw forged letters as if they were from citizens of Rome and giving them to Brutus to convince him to kill Caesar. Being dishonorable, Cassius used Brutus’s own integrity against him. Later, in “Act III, Scene 1”, on the conspirators’ way to the capital with Caesar, Cassius almost backed out of the whole charade because of his own dishonorable cowardice. “Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known, Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back, For I will slay myself” (Shakespeare
In the first place, Cassius deeply dislikes Caesar and he has and evil plan to fool Brutus to kill Caesar. He wanted to find a way to convince Brutus that Caesar is bad, and they should kill him to save Rome. The thing Caesar did was he wrote fake letters talking about Caesars death and he sends it to Brutus to fool him to convince him to come with him to kill Caesar. It states on the passage on page 10 act 1, scene 2 "Good bye Brutus. Oh, I am glad that he is gone! I must get Brutus to help me, for Caesar loves and trusts Brutus, and without him,
One of life’s most basic lessons is to be truthful. Parents pound into their kids heads that lying is wrong. As you grow up you learn liars are looked down upon, and the deed of lying itself proves to be a trait of bad character. Liars are manipulative and deceptive. However, telling a lie is not the only way to deceive others. Some twist situations and have a way with words that are as manipulative as lies. For instance, one can be deceptive without lying at all. The character Cassius in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar possesses the ability to exploit others and stirs the pot throughout the entire play. He is the most influential character in Julius Caesar because without his manipulation, the plot of Shakespeare's play would not exist.
In the play Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare conveys Mark Antony’s adept way of creating an impactful speech that swayed the minds of the fickle Plebeians. Antony appeals to the Plebians by adroitly using the principal rhetorical devices, ethos, pathos, and logos, to gain their trust through credibility, logic, and astute emotional manipulation.
When Cassius tricks Brutus into joining the conspirators by using a series of notes on how these “Romans” feel about Caesar and his actions.Cassius says, “Good Cinna, tale this paper, And look you lay it in the Praetor’s chair, Where Brutus may find it; and throw this In at his window; set this up with wax Upon old Brutus’ statue.”(JC. 1. 3. 147-151). Brutus joining the conspirators caused many things to occur. Brutus takes over the leadership of the conspirators and makes sizable choices throughout the play. He decides not to take Cassius’ advice in killing Mark Antony, he claims that he
Cassius says, “ I will this night, in several hands, in at his windows throw, as if they came from several citizens, writings all tending to great opinion that Rome holds of his name, wherein obscurely Caesar’s ambition shall be glanced at” (Shakespeare 1.2.310-315). Cassius wanted to put an end to what he considered a conspiracy, ultimately removing Caesar from his “throne”. He planned to throw the letters through Brutus’ window to convince him that Caesar is not the right person to rule Rome. It was these letters that eventually led to Brutus joining the conspiracy and sealing Caesar’s fate. Without the use of manipulation, Brutus would have never been convinced to go against Caesar and the events in the play would take different routes. Cassius wisely uses manipulation to convince Brutus to go against Caesar and starts his plan of removing Caesar from the
While there are many main themes in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the use of manipulation and deception has the biggest impact. Many characters use deception and manipulation to strengthen their plot and to allow the outcome to turn out the way they want. Cassius, Casca and Decius are the characters that use this theme for their own benefit in the play.
Jealousy, power, and fear are factors leading to wretched manipulation being dealt by Cassius and Caesar. Cassius is a powerful figure in Rome unliked by many. Caesar is a very powerful public figure in Rome and loved by the people. The tactic of manipulation is very effective and used by both characters. It could be said that manipulation is the only thing that happens in the first act.
Cassius was a person who wanted to murder Caesar and wasn’t going to let anything get in his way. He decided that he had to manipulate Brutus, one of Caesar’s closest friends, in order for him to achieve his goal. Brutus was manipulated because he believed that the death of Caesar was going to benefit of Rome. Throughout the manipulation of Brutus, Cassius tries to get on the good side of Brutus. Brutus was persuaded into killing Caesar, but in the end he would soon regret it.
William Shakespeare’s plays, particularly his tragedies, are famous for capturing the essence of the times. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, which takes place around the year of 45 B.C., gory battles, conspiracies, and treacheries clearly portray the setting of Ancient Rome, but do not heighten the plot of the play as well as the elements of manipulation and deception. Manipulation is the act of taking advantage of someone by influencing them a certain way, while to deceive is to mislead by a false appearance or statement. Both are paramount to the advancement of the story in which Brutus, a friend of Caesar’s, joins a conspiracy to overthrow him by vicious, heinous, and brutal murder. Julius Caesar was assassinated simply because of the fears of his peers, not because of anything that he did wrong ("Lend”). In this play, friends literally stab each other in the back, and not even necessarily for the best reasons!