Speech Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Speech Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Emotional Speech Analysis William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is a well-written stage play. Shakespeare included many good speeches in his plays; one of the best was the one delivered by Antony. Antony’s speech came very shortly after Julius Caesar’s death, and the city was in much chaos. The crowd had just heard Brutus’s speech. Brutus was one of the murderers of Caesar. Antony was trying to raise the crowd to mutiny. His speech appealed to ones emotions and used many rhetorical devices. Antony uses repetition to appeal to a common folk’s emotions. He repeats the words “Brutus is an honorable man”. The statement, however, was really being said with a sarcastic tone. Brutus is really not an honorable man. This restatement is emphasizing the importance of the sarcasm. The word honorable becomes a bad word by the end of his speech. This played directly on the emotion of patriotism and not to appear stupid. Another use of repetition and rhythm would be him describing Caesar as ambitious. He also turns the mean of ambitious around. In this case, however, he turns it from bad to good. Antony says that he does not wish to disgrace Brutus’ honorable name. “ But Brutus says he is ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man” (insert line #'s ). This quote proves how Antony kept mentioning about Brutus and the Concpirators. Although he mentions that Brutus is an honorable man, he means the opposite. Antony wants mutiny against the Conspirators. He wants revenge. Antony’s technique of repetition proves originalnality. This appealed to the emotion of appearing not foolish. This is a good emotion to appeal to, because one wants to always feel smart and educated and have an opinion on something. Antony also used rhetorical questions. The most prominent question was whether the people thought Caesar was truly ambitious. He was not expecting a reply when he would ask whether Caesar was ambitious. The emotion of appearing not to be foolish would probably best go along with this statement and rhetorical device. The people would probably just nod and agree, without thinking twice. Antony’s speech was filled with rhetorical devices affecting the emotions of one. His speech was directed to the common people of the city. His speech swayed the entire crowd from siding with Brutus to side with him. Antony made use of mentioning that Caesar was not ambitious for three reasons: he refused the crown three times, he did not pocket the money, rather, he put it in the treasury, and he wept for the poor.
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