Good public speakers usually use linguistic devices to enhance their speeches. William Shakespeare made sure to include that in his play, Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar is a play about a man that is about to get awarded the crown to Rome but is killed by his close friends. The Roman citizens do not know who to believe and are torn between Antony and Brutus. Antony was Caesar’s best friend and Brutus was one of the conspirators the killed Caesar.
In Brutus’ oration he answers the question of why he decided to kill Caesar. Brutus answers the question by saying, “this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more” (3.2.22-24). This answer from Brutus appeals to the Romans’ sense of nationalism. Brutus inflames the mob’s feeling of passion and pride for their country. This use of pathos is very powerful and well crafted; however, Mark Antony outsmarts him.
This allows for Antony to take advantage of the easily pliable minds in the audience and flip their introspections to vanquish the conspirators. Secondly, Shakespeare uses the repetition of the word ambitious in Antony’s speech to instigate the plebeians, and fill their minds with enough doubts to get them to rebel against the conspirators. Talking about how Caesar refused the crown three times at the Luperical, Antony proclaims, “Which he did thrice refuse; was this ambition. / Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;” (3.2.95-96). Bringing up the Luperical is a strong point.
The drama, Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is meant to entertain. After defeating Pompey, Caesar was loved by the plebeians and was going to be made the new ruler of Rome. Not liking the of Caesar as a ruler, a group of senators became a conspiracy and killed Caesar. The senator most responsible for Julius Caesar's death is Cassius. Cassius hates the way Caesar is seen and treated by the plebeians.
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.
Antony’s Speech Using Rhetorical Appeals In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, after Caesar’s death, the Romans are conflicted about what should be done. After Brutus’ speech the Romans are ready to crown Brutus king and be on the conspirators’ side. Though Brutus then leaves the crowd while Antony delivers his speech, the crowd realizes what should be done of Caesar’s murder and Antony prevents the conspirators from getting away with the murder of Caesar. Antony uses rhetorical appeals and techniques in his speech to turn the people of Rome against those conspiring against Caesar. As a result, the people see Antony as a persuasive and strong leader of Rome.
When Brutus’ speech occurs, Shakespeare utilizes rhetorical questions, pathos, and tone in order to suggest that Caesar was too ambitious and could possibly enslave the citizens of Rome so he should be killed , which proves Oscar Wilde’s claim that disobedience is a valuable human trait and that it does promote social progress. This text is important because Caesar made a big impact on people and his closest friends turned their back on him. Without Julius Caesar, the world would not be what it is today. Caesar helped shape Rome into a great international power with a profound influence on the world. His military exploits led to the incorporation of new lands and people under the umbrella of
Marcus Junius Brutus and Mark Antony both deliver speeches to justify the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE and both use Logos and Ethos to convince the Roman citizens to join their sides. Both sides deliver their speeches with vehemence and start by elucidating why Brutus killed Caesar to begin with, why Antony’s desire for revenge is justified, and what the future of Rome will be because of his death. Antony teases the citizens of Rome with the will of Caesar that he holds in hand and claims it will dishonor Brutus and the other conspirators and is also one of his vital uses of Ethos in his speech. Most of the citizens, if not all of them side with Antony and will most likely help him accede to a great title of power in the future and also betray Brutus because of what Antony has them believe, i.e. an ignoble assassin.
Brutus puts on this veil of nationalistic pride in front of all of his friends when they discuss the plot against Caesar. They all love seeing this from the leader of their small rebellion, however, “Brutus, of course, isn’t so firm as he appears to his co-conspirators.” (Kahn) Brutus is the one who calls for the murder of Caesar, but he seems to be the most bothered by it. In his mind he can not personally advocate for the assassination of his best friend, this can be seen through lines of dialogue such as: “Caesar must bleed for it. And the gentle friends, Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully.” (2. 1.