Julius Caesar Rhetorical Devices Essay

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Rhetorical devices can be seen being used in history, such as William Shakespeare’s dramatic play “Julius Caesar”. In Shakespeare’s play Brutus and Antony conspire to lead a group to assassinate Caesar. Rome is in a panic as they find out that their first emperor Octavian who went by the name Julius Caesar has been stabbed to death. Brutus and Antony in an effort to achieve Rome’s support use rhetorical devices to try to receive support for their actions. You can see how they use ethos, pathos, and logos to eventually achieve their goal of persuading the citizens of Rome. In the beginning of Brutus’s speech it’s shown that he is using ethos to convince the citizens of Rome of his credibility. “Believe me for mine honor and have respect to mine honor that you may believe. Censure me in your wisdom and awake your senses that you may the better judge.” (Shakespeare) In this first quote he obviously tries to convince the audience to believe in what he is about to say by telling them that he should be trusted because he is a truthful man. “If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his.” (1) Then again he persuades the crowd by telling them can be just as trustworthy as anyone else that knew Julius personally as a friend.…show more content…
“If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (1) In this sentence he is using pathos to invoke the audience, trying to put them in his own shoes by telling them that he conspired against Julius for their sake. “As Caesar loved me, I weep for him. As he was fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.” In this quote he uses words of emotion such as love, rejoice, and honor. Brutus is trying to influence the audience into giving him sympathy by making the audience feel what he wants them to
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