Brutus In Shakespeare's The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar

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Ancient Rome; the setting by which Julius Caesar’s successes led him to his tragic death. Killed by some of his closest companions, one of which named Marcus Brutus, they justify their crime by the means of the people and the betterment of their country; Rome. In the play, ‘The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, by William Shakespeare, Brutus, after killing his friend, in light of the danger of Caesar’s growing ambition, uses ethos, logos, and pathos to meet ends with the people of Rome in a speech following the death of Julius Caesar himself. On the other hand, the mourning Marc Antony, a close friend and admirer of Julius Caesar, uses similar methods to speak out against Brutus and the other conspirators for their act of injustice and brutality.

In order to gain the eyes of the Roman people, Marcus Brutus justifies his actions by saying, “[it is] not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” (Act III. S ii. L 21-22). In doing so, Brutus’ intention is to make the commoners believe in the conspiracy’s means to murder Caesar. On the other hand, Marc Antony uses ethos to counter Brutus by saying, “he was my friend, faithful and just to me” (Act III. S ii. L 86). By referring to Caesar as a close friend of his, Antony’s words automatically feel true to the people, instilling, in him, a factor
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In the case of Brutus, his stronger use of proof and justification leads the people to believe in the conspirators’ cause; killing Caesar. In Antony’s case, however, his strong appeal to emotion sought after convincing the body of the Roman state (the Romans themselves) that Julius Caesar was a good man - lovable and honorable - and that he deserves the be
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