Antony's Use Of Ethos In Julius Caesar

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Antony vs. Brutus The death of Julius Caesar- renowned military dictator and statesman will be forever remembered. He was brutally murdered by his best friend, Brutus and fellow congressmen. The conspiracy follows out through his funeral where Brutus and his adoptive son, Antony speak upon his death. After carefully analyzing the speeches, one may say Antony did a better job due to his message, use of rhetoric, a rhetorical fallacies.
The idea of messages that often, purpose and audience. The idea of message is made up of that author, purpose and audience. The first speech given at the funeral was Brutus’. Brutus being a skilled orator knew his way with words. His purpose of speaking was to justify the actions of himself and the senators while
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In Brutus’ speech the mak hints seen are logos and ethos, while ethos and pathos are mainly seen in Antony's speech. The 3 uses of rhetoric can be defined as logos being the use of logic, ethos being the use of reputation and pathos being the use of emotions to persuade. An example of logos in Brutus’ speech is when he says, “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” He was using logical reasoning to make it seem as if Caesar’s death was making the lives of the citizens better. The use of ethos us seen in the opening stanza, “... believe me for mine honor, that you may believe: censure me jb your wisdom, and awake your senses that you may be the judge. He is basically saying listen, believe and respect me and I will let you be the judge of what j have to say. On the contrary, in Antongs speech one will see the use of ethos multiple times when he says “Fir Brutus is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men.” Antony is persuading the audience by using there outshine of Brutus and the senators. Although, the main thing used to persuade the readers is so this and an example of that is when he says “You all did once love him, not without a cause.” Antony is reminding the citizens that at one point in time they all did love Caesar, so why turn against him now due to meer words of an “honorable man” such as…show more content…
In Brutus’ speech, he uses the idea of ad populem, also known as bandwagon which is an appeal to population via nationalism. This is seen when Brutus states “... when it shall please any country to need my death.” Brutus is trying to make it look as if he's do anything for Rome, even if it means going as far to killing himself. Unlike Brutus, Antony uses ad hominem which is an attack on the character of the speaker rather than the message, although in a direct way. Antony is constantly reverting to Brutus as an honorable man while making suggestive points in his speech to contradict it. He shows this when he says “If I were to dispose, or stir your hearts and mind to mutiny and rage, I should do Brutus wrong…” He is pretending to care for the feelings of Brutus while making him seem worse to the audience while making Caesar seem as the righteous man Antony believed him to be.
Antony’s speech about Julius Caesar was better than Brutus’ speech because he made the citizens believe it. Regardless of the things said, whether true or false he made the citizens believe in him which is important. If one's own country won’t stand behind them then they should re evaluate their place in the country. Antony’s persuasion of his message, use of rhetoric, and rhetorical fallacies made his speech all the better. Brutus’ speech was equally good, although if you cannot persuade your audience then
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