Julius Caesar Rhetorical Analysis

analytical Essay
984 words
984 words

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. To start off, for Mark Antony to fully manipulate the audience into supporting Caesar, he must first be able to connect with his audience. Antony does exactly …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how shakespeare's play julius caesar uses rhetorical devices to manipulate the plebeians into rebellion against brutus and the conspirators.
  • Analyzes how mark antony manipulates the audience into supporting caesar by using verbal irony. the plebeians turned against brutus and his conspirators.
  • Analyzes how mark antony uses the persuasive method of logos as he gives his audience concrete facts about caesar.
  • Analyzes how antony utilizes ethos to inform the crowd about the events that occurred during the murder.
  • Analyzes how mark antony used verbal irony to set the rebellion into motion. he wanted to start a rebellion amongst the plebeians since the start.
  • Analyzes how mark antony used verbal irony, sarcasm, logos, and ethos to change the crowd's opinions on caesar while starting a rebellion against all the people involved in caesar’s murder.

Antony reminds the plebeians about the time when he, himself “presented [Caesar] a kingly crown, / Which [Caeasar] did thrice refuse” (III. ii. 97-98). Using logic and reasoning, Mark Antony explains to his crowd that the fallen Caesar couldn’t possibly have been ambitious if he had refused the ticket to become King multiple times. Immediately afterward, Antony made sure to remind the plebeians that Brutus is an honorable man. This use of logos with verbal irony proves to be extremely effective. Since Antony presented the crowd with a compelling fact supporting that Caesar was not ambitious, the phrase “Brutus is an honorable man,” would be even more effective in allowing his audience to realize that Brutus and the conspirators may not be honorable (III. ii. 83). According to Brutus, the conspirator's sole reason to kill Caesar was because they believed he was ambitious, Antony’s statement would then be incredibly useful to turn the crowd against Brutus and his people. The plebeians would start to realize that noble Brutus and his conspirators might not be honorable and could potentially have their own, personal reasons to assassinate Julius Caesar. Once the crowd realizes that Brutus and the conspirators could have murdered their leader for no valid reason, they would begin to feel anger which are the building steps to starting a rebellion just like how Antony

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