Brutus And Antony Rhetorical Devices

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Brutus and Antony’s speech really shows how important rhetoric is to present a good argument. During Act III, scene II of Julius Caesar, Rome is mourning the loss of Caesar after he is stabbed by the conspirators. Antony, Caesar’s best friend, joins the conspirators to seem like he is on their side. Antony’s final goal is to get revenge on them and start a civil war to avenge Caesar. He makes an agreement that he will not accuse or blame the conspirators in his speech at Caesar’s funeral. Brutus starts off the speech by telling the audience his reasoning for Caesar’s murder, getting the crowd on his side. Knowing how to use devices properly gives Antony an advantage of winning over the audience. He uses all rhetorical appeals by repetition, deductive reasoning, and restating Brutus’ opposing viewpoints fairly and accurately. Antony provides a strong speech with many rhetorical devices to push the audience to agree with his argument. One of Antony’s best appeals was pathos. He uses pathos throughout the entire speech by repetition. Brutus argues that his reasoning for the stabbing was Caesar’s ambition. While Antony speaks, he is frequently …show more content…

Throughout his entire speech, Antony always restates Brutus’s opinions in a fair and accurate way. He keeps his promise with the conspirators that he would not accuse them for the act of murdering Caesar. Antony starts his speech with, “For Brutus’ sake I am beholding to you,” (1146) to make sure that the crowd accepts him. Then, he continues with, “I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke…” (1147) before continuing with his explanations. Although honoring the conspirators, he still adds small details to make them seem guilty, “I fear I wrong the honorable whose daggers have stabbed Caesar…” (1148) By showing the honor to Brutus, Antony is able to get away with accusing the conspirators without directly stating that he does not agree with their

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