He showed great acts of leadership throughout the duration of his life and thought of others rather than himself. First, the word “courage” means, “the ability to do something that frightens one” and “Strength in the face of pain or grief”. Brutus showed courage when killing one of his friends not for himself, but for Rome. In Act 2 Scene 2 Brutus says, “That everyone who seems to be a friend is not necessarily one, O Caesar, The heart of Brutus grieves to think about.” When Brutus said this, he was referring to how his heart grieves to think that he has to kill one of his closest friends. In Act 3 Scene 2 Brutus said during his speech, “If that friend then demands to know why Brutus turned against Caesar, this is my answer: Not because I cared for Caesar less, but because I cared for Rome more”.
Brutus tells the crowd to keep his honor and reputation in mind while they judge that he has to say. Honor makes him respectable, credible, and worthy of the audience’s trust, so they are manipulated. Ethos is used again toward the end of his speech. After explaining why he betrayed Caesar, Brutus tells the crowd, “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” (III.ii. 46-48).
Brutus 's speech: Brutus speaks to the people of rome why he killed caesar so they will not turn on him. He talked about how he didnt kill him because he didn 't love him but because it was for the better of rome. He also tells the people of rome that letting caesar become king would mean the government type would change and all the wars and hard work his family had put into the government would go away. He also states, for the welfare of rome that he would die for rome if rome demands his death Rhetorical devices: Brutus used questions, logos, parallelism, and pathos to stir the people of rhome. Question- “ who is so base, that would not be a roman”?- this makes his argument better because it get the people of rome to think.
He acted on greed, hatred, and jealousy instead of having the good of Rome in mind. Author, Donald Wasson, finds that several of the senators, including Cassius, who were involved in the conspiracy against Caesar were “friends and supporters of Pompey who sought both high office and profit” in his article The Murder of Julius Caesar (Wasson). Cassius did not care about what Caesar was doing or would do to Rome with his power, instead he only worried about having power over everyone else. He told Brutus about Julius Caesar’s disabilities and commented about his amazement that “a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone” (I.ii.131-133). Cassius never wanted to be below or feel less than anybody.
He successfully accomplishes his objective of convincing the mob that Brutus is a traitor and the conspirators are at fault. He played with emotions which was the right thing to do rather than applying logic. He used emotional phrases such as, "My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar" and "Oh judgment; thou art fled to brutish beasts". Which allows him to have a connect with the crowds feeling at the death of Caesar .Antony does not let the restriction of going against the conspirators hinder his speech. He begins not by attacking Brutus or the conspirators, but by praising Caesar.
Brutus then says, “I would not, Cassius. Yet I love him well” (Page 7, line 87). This then inspires the new plan on killing Caesar. Despite Brutus’ confliction, he decides it is what is best for Rome. There are more disadvantages than advantages in this act, because the conspirators had gone against the minds and beliefs of all of Rome.
Marc Antony loves Caesar and was sincerely hurt when Brutus, a respected man to whom was close to Caesar, played a role in the assassination. Brutus was abl persuade the crowd , the people of Rome, in believing that Caesar deserved to die as he was ambitious and that his death was for the better of Rome. Through the speech Marc Antony disproves Brutus as when presented with the crown “ thrice did he refuse”(III.ii.99). Thus he asks if this is the crowds view of an honorable man which he refers to Brutus, with a tone of sarcasm, and in addition this makes the crowd question their own opinion. The need to avenge Caesar 's death gave Antony a motivation but he also used emotion to win the trust of the Romans.
He made the people of Rome feel bad for him, and they saw him as a good man who was loyal to Caesar. Brutus only had one thing going for him, which was he had helped to kill Caesar so that he could help Rome. The people of Rome of course, saw Brutus as the bad guy in this situation and did not believe he was loyal to Caesar. Although Antony uses tactics in his speech to make Brutus look like criminal for just marveling Caesar’s death. In my opinion I believe that Antony’s speech was more persuasive and believable than Brutus’.He made the crowd feel connected to Caesar and he caught the eye of the Roman people.
Brutus intends to justify his actions, and gain the support of the Roman people. Opposite him, Antony seeks revenge for his friend and aims to make the people feel pity for Caesar and anger for Brutus. Ethos means credibility, and between Antony and Brutus, they have a lot of it. Brutus is a noble, honourable man and Antony was Julius Caesar’s best friend, so they are respected citizens in Rome. Brutus starts out his speech by saying “Believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour…” (III.
In the first act, Cassius sweet-talks Brutus to in order to convince him to consider that Caesar thinks of himself as above everyone. Cassius also writes letters as if they are worried citizens of Rome asking Brutus to fight against Caesar. This pushes Brutus over the edge and convinces him that killing Caesar is the only way to stop his rise. Even though some manipulation by Cassius was used; Brutus already had worries about Caesar before talking with
The second major characteristic of a tragic hero is they must have a hamartia or tragic flaw, Brutus’s tragic flaw is having a noble personality and being extremely trusting because of it. Throughout the play, Brutus makes it a point to not deceive anyone. Everything he does, he does for the benefit of someone else. Caesar was murdered by him with only the best intentions of Rome in his mind, he lied to Portia because he knew she was already stressed out, and he was reluctant to join the conspirators because he cared for Caesar. In his funeral speech to Caesar, he says “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” Brutus loves Rome enough to commit murder on a man that saved his life (III.ii.21-22).