How must the city react to such an event? In the famous play of Julius Caesar, ethos-, logos-, and pathos-based persuasive techniques are used in the funeral speeches, coming first from Brutus and then Marc Antony, to influence the people of Rome to view Caesar's death as either an asset or a downfall. Brutus, closest friend and murderer of Caesar, takes a stand in front of the crowd of Romans, intending to enlighten his positive outlook upon the situation. In order to convince his audience, Brutus insists that Caesar was too ambitious, and that type of ambition would bring Rome to ruins
Cassius and Brutus have only spoken briefly and Brutus just has been introduced to Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius, and he carries more of an influence in decision making than Cassius does. They both are very serious about killing Caesar; however their motives are much different. Cassius and other conspirators wish to assassinate due to envy whilst Brutus wishes to do what’s best for Rome. The two clash in conversation, but both fight for the same cause. The relationship between Brutus and Cassius cause conflict in both this scene and the rest of the story, showing that their different opinions could create conflict and a sense of superiority.
First, it is the idealism. Brutus is the idealist in the book who has perfect like with beautiful house and beautiful wife. Thus, he believes that the world could be idealistic too. Therefore, he chooses to kill Caesar for idealistic Rome without a leader who overpowers the citizens. Cassius understands Brutus’ idealism and uses it to destroy Caesar.
While Brutus uses questions against Caesar, Antony uses them for Caesar, but against Brutus. He does not really agree that Brutus is honorable, but is making fun of him. He shows passion by using thought and emotions while asking the citizens questions, this causes them to gain respect and trust Antony over Brutus. Marc Antony makes a remarkable personality change as a character, from a “party guy” to an extremely clever man by using reverse psychology in order to persuade listeners. Antony utilizes Brutus’s own words against him to show the truth about the conspirators and their intentions of killing Caesar.
This was a unique way to bring Caesar’s character back into the story and get a message to Brutus. Although Brutus was not expecting it, he got the message. In conclusion, there are many different traits showing Brutus as a tragic hero. Brutus had to make a life-changing decision when he killed Caesar and he also made a very important choice when he let Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral. He had to learn from this choice and see what he did wrong.
He convinces them that killing Caesar was the best . Antony speaks to the citizens and is able- without angering the people further, making them hate him, or dishonoring Brutus openingly- to convince them that the conspirators are in the wrong. He does this in a number of ways, all proving him to be very convincing and intelligent. Antony helps the people of Rome remember the good Caesar has done for Rome, and reminds them of how he denied the crown offered to him three times. He shows them the body of Caesar, emphasizing the holes and blood, saying, "Look, in this place ran Cassius' dagger through: See what a rent the envious Casca made: Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd;" Act III, Scene II of Julius Caesar.
Brutus tries to impress the crowd by saying that Caesar was going to become a dictator. “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” (ii.III.L 22-24). Brutus gives this reason to make the people think this murderous act was honorable. Antony then steps up to the plate to give his speech. “The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious… He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
Antony uses pathos he communicates to the people in a way that Brutus did not. Since, Antony is not allowed to say anything bad at the funeral he discretely criticizes Brutus and Cassius because he feels that what they did was wrong. For example, when Antony makes a comment that is contrary to what he means, he says “But Brutus is an honourable man”. Antony uses a lot of pathos because he wants the citizens to feel the way he is feeling. For example, he says he wants to read them the letter but he does not want to make them weep because of how much Caesar loved them.
If Brutus is really as smart as they think he is, why was he manipulated into killing Caesar? The opposing side might also say, some people can easily be persuaded to believe whatever they hear. Well would you be okay if you’re best friend went behind your back and didn’t support you? Brutus was so afraid that Caesar would make Rome so corrupt that he decided that the only way out of it was to kill him. Overall, Brutus and the conspiracy had no justified reasons to kill Caesar.
Brutus claims were the opposite of Antony. Brutus claims was to convince the citizens that Caesar was a communist type of leader. Brutus says in his speech “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”.He is claiming that Caesar was not good enough for Rome. Brutus makes another of the same claim, saying that Caesar is not enough for Rome saying, “with this I depart— that, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death”. This means that he says if Rome needed to die for the benefit of the country he would.