Brutus starts out his speech by saying “Believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour…” (III. ii. L 14-15). He is asking the audience, the commoners, to trust his decisions, because after all, he is the very honourable Brutus. Antony starts his speech a little differently.
Antony begins by stating the reasons why Caesar wasn’t ambitious, but a kind, loving friend. For example, “He was my friend, faithful, and just to me,/But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man./He hath brought many captives home to Rome,/Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill./Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?/When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;/Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” (III.ii.94-101). By saying this, Antony informs the audience of his and Caesar’s relationship and mocks the way Brutus repeated how Caesar was ambitious frequently in his eulogy. Antony then provided evidence of the opposite. He says that, although he kept captives for ransom, he cries for the poor.
Conflicting Brutus’ speech, Antony starts his speech with “Friends, Romans, countrymen…”, which makes the crowd want to listen to what he has to say, as he uses the word friends. This makes his emotional state more believable, as he talks about his “love” for Caesar, and made it more convincing that he was a good friend to Caesar. Throughout his speech, he uses parallelism and repetition to make Brutus look bad but also to defend Caesar’s reputation. Antony frequently used honorable to portray Brutus. The response to this was that he was contradicting Brutus’ speech.
Brutus’ tactics going into his speech were to influence the minds of the plebeians by using logical and philosophical reasoning to expound the death of Julius Caesar. In Antony 's speech, he was able to coerce the audience using emotion and vengeance. He used personal experiences in order to make the crowd question their position. The use of emotion was effective as the plebeians, with chants and pride, supported Antony. Finally, by using her words to make the public consider the facts, to get them involved in chants, and to create an atmosphere of impassioned fury, Emma Gonzalez creates a sound and justifiable claim that the crowd is not only willing to listen to, but truly believes.
He continues by saying “as he was/ valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I/ slew him (3.2.27-28).” Through these words he shows the people what he is capable of doing and how conflicts must be resolved. In contrast, Antony is trying to make Brutus sound like an imposter and he constantly repeats the phrase “Brutus is an honorable man (3.2.91).” When he uses this phrase in such sentences it slowly starts to sound sarcastic or stretched. “He was my friend, faithful and just to me:/ But Brutus says he was ambitious;/And Brutus is an honourable man (3.2. ).” Antony continues his debate by giving examples of the great treasures Caesar has brought Rome.
With this response, the residents delineate their loyalty to Caesar. In this manner, Verbal Irony in Antony's discourse is surely successful on the Roman citizens. Antony utilizes Strong techniques in his discourse to inspire Roman individuals to conflict with Brutus and the backstabbers. Antony utilizes 3 techniques Pathos, Imagery, and Verbal irony to influence the Roman Citizens to conflict with Brutus and the Conspirators. He demonstrates pathos, which is feeling, imagery, which is a language that helps the audience visualize what is being described, and Verbal irony, which is words express something in spite of truth or somebody says the opposite they truly feel or mean.
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Marc Antony uses all three appeals in his speech to make a very sturdy argument. An example of logos in his speech is when he states, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?” This speech is Antony stating facts of Caesar’s work which proves that he is not ambitious and does not deserve to be killed. Antony also uses ethos and pathos when he says, “He was my friend, faithful and just to me.” This is ethos in the way it gives him credibility as a friend, suggesting that he would truly know Caesar. But, it is also pathos because it makes the crowd sorrowful for him because someone that is close to him has been killed. The use of ethos, logos and pathos made Marc Antony’s argument and speech far superior to Brutus’s.
Brutus’ nobility takes away much of his understanding for how the plebeians understand and think. Brutus takes part in the stabbing of Caesar because it is what 's best for Rome so after in his speech to the plebs, he 's giving perfectly logical reasoning to someone of his stature, but ok`3`for the plebs it doesn 't mean very much for them as it does not provoke emotion. Referencing Caesar 's death Brutus lectures to the plebs, “Believe me for mine / honor, and have respect to mine honor that you may be- / lieve. Censure me in your wisdom, and awake your / senses that you may the better judge (III.ii.15-18). Brutus clearly thinks that speaking in a more formal manner will get his point to the plebs while as they are not very dignified honorable people they don’t take the point home.
In the beginning of his speech, he attempts to gain their trust by saying, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” (3.2.82). This remark now makes the Romans feel as they are all one, as well as Antony. It also confirmed to the Plebeians that he was on their side and was trustworthy. Also in his speech, Antony questions them by asking, “ Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?” (3.2.99). Antony is trying to find out whether they believe if Brutus had a valid reason to assassinate Caeser.