Some people are easily manipulated due to hubris, loyalty, naivety, or other characteristics which ultimately leads to consequences and their downfall. Brutus demonstrates loyalty to Rome which makes him vulnerable to being manipulated. Cassius convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy by proclaiming, “‘Brutus’ and ‘Caesar.’ What should be in that ‘Caesar’? / Why should that name be sounded more than yours? / Write them together: yours is as fair a name” (I.ii.143-145).
For example, Brutus addresses the men and announces that he is convinced that killing Caesar is for their benefit, not just his own. This is called the statement of position. Brutus then shifts to the statement of understanding. Here Brutus declares his reasons for wanting to kill Caesar. He believes that if Caesar becomes king, he will have too much responsibility and power.
In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Antony implicitly challenges Brutus’ defense of why he killed Caesar by imparting a message of the humility and goodness of Caesar to the plebeians most effectively through the use logos, or reason, through explanations and physical evidence. For example, Antony began his speech with examples of how Caesar wasn’t ambitious, as Brutus suggested, by bringing up an occasion that the plebeians witnessed of when“on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious” (Shakspeare 3.2. 97-100).
I was born free as Caesar. So were you” (Act I, Scene II, Lines 93-97). This quote from Cassius to Brutus is the seed. Cassius uses little bits of doubt in Caesar to get Brutus questioning Caesar. This plan was one of cowardice, he told the other conspirators that it needed to be done for the betterment of Rome.
In the play Caesar is noble Roman who is becoming too powerful and that has gathered concerns from a group of Roman senators. The senators conspire to take Caesar’s life, but need the cooperation of a respected senator named Marcus Brutus. Brutus is a trusted friend to Caesar and is against the plot. Eventually, Brutus turns on Caesar and partakes in his murder. Caesar’s supporters, Antony and Octavius, start a civil war to avenge his death.
One example that helps lead up to Brutus’s betrayal of Caesar in the play is “ Why are they shouting? “I’m afraid the people have made Caesar their king (Brutus)… I have to assume you don’t want him to be king.(Cassius)... I don’t, Cassius, though I love Caesar very much… If it’s for the good of all Romans, I’d do it even if it meant my death. Brutus(1.2.85-89. ).” This quote shows that Brutus is considering betraying his best friend.
While some may argue that Brutus embodies these qualities, Brutus allowed flattery and ambition to corrupt his ideas. “Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that ‘Caesar’? Why should that name be sounded more than yours?” (1.2.140). Brutus allowed Cassius to talk him into killing Caesar, and believed that he should be loved and supported as much as Caesar. Brutus knew that with Caesar out of the way, he would become the people's
In the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare Rome is struck with utter disorder after certain characters use ethos, pathos and logos to manipulate the people of Rome. One character who uses ethos, pathos and logos is Cassius to manipulate Brutus into joining the conspirators. Brutus also uses ethos, pathos and logo to justify his killing of Caesar. Last, Mark Antony uses ethos, pathos and logo to manipulate the Plebeians against Brutus and the conspirators. Thus, Cassius, Brutus and Mark Antony all use ethos, pathos and logos to manipulate one another and bring the people of Rome to their sides, resulting in total chaos.
Brutus tries to convince the conspirators why killing Caesar is wrong as well. Also, the fickle Roman Public are easily induced by people of higher power’s ideas. Such as, Brutus and Antony’s funeral speeches. Caesar also tries to tell Antony that Cassius is most certainly dangerous because he is always plotting something, and he thinks too much. This ends up foreshadowing for events later in the tragedy.
In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare , Brutus and Antony both have different ways of getting the people’s attention through their speeches. Brutus and Antony appeal to ethos, logos, and pathos. Both use them differently to manipulate the people. Brutus uses them to confuse the people to justify the killing of Caesar. Antony uses them to take advantage of the plebeians and turn them against Brutus.
Cassius alters information to manipulate Brutus’ noble nature and views. Cassius’ techniques for manipulating Brutus include flattery and convincing. Caesar dislikes Cassius, but is friendly to Brutus. Brutus’ first concern is the people of Rome and their safety, and Cassius prompts Brutus that Caesar is too powerful, power leads to corruption, and the Roman people fear his control.
For example, the line “Caesar was ambitious” (Wiggins DR-177 ) in Antony’s speech came out of the Brutus’s speech when he was calling Caesar ambitious. He knows what to do to prevent the bad future. Another example is Antony’s decision of killing Lepidus brother and telling Octavius that Lepidus is unworthy for the triumvir. He continued to control his fate by killing its rivals and securing it future. Sometimes the fate was with him; for example, Brutus’s decision of going to Philippi to battle Rome was a fate because Brutus and his army had a better position of