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Julius Caesar Rhetorical Analysis

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In, “Julius Caesar,” by William Shakespeare, there is a funeral held for Caesar at which Brutus and Antony speak. Brutus is one of the conspirators who killed Caesar while Antony is a friend of Caesars. Brutus speaks first and is able to turn the crowd from being angry about Caesars death to wondering why he was not killed sooner. Antony wants to speak at Caesars funeral and he is granted his wish under the terms that he does not speak ill of the conspirators. Despite agreeing to these terms, Antony slowly begins to praise Caesar and the crowd reverts to loving Caesar. Both men use ethos, logos and pathos to persuade the crowd; however, Antony is more effective in convincing. Both Antony and Brutus use ethos in their speeches to show nobility and have the crowd think highly …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how brutus is one of the conspirators who killed caesar while antony is a friend of caesars. both men use ethos, logos and pathos to persuade the crowd
  • Analyzes how antony and brutus use ethos in their speeches to show nobility and have the crowd think highly of them.
  • Analyzes how brutus uses logos to explain to the crowd the reasons for his actions. antony uses past events to show that caesar did not deserve to be killed.
  • Analyzes how brutus uses pathos to make the crowd feel less angry that a friend of caesar was one who assassinated him.
  • Compares the speeches of brutus and antony, who influence the crowd to their way of thinking, even if for only a brief amount of time.

In his speech, Brutus presents logos in a different way; they are not outright facts, rather statements that Brutus believes to be fact. Brutus use logos to explain to the crowd the reasons for his actions. In act 3, scene 2 Brutus says, “ As he was valiant, I honored him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.” Brutus believes Caesar’s ambition is a known piece of information and therefore states it like fact. The crowd embraces these statements due to Brutus’s confidence in them. Antony on the other hand, uses past events to show Caesar did not deserve to be killed. In act 3, scene 2 Antony proclaims, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.” Antony is referring to Caesars days as a general for the Roman army. The people loved Caesar for his military conquests and Antony sees this as an opportunity to remind the people how they appreciated Caesar. Using the irrefutable fact that Caesar brought land and riches back to the Roman people, persuades the people even closer to hating the conspirators for killing

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