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’ and Antony’s speeches to the Roman people and how it influenced the rest of the play and characters. This will explain whether they used rhetorical devices and because how they used them lead to how the play ended. Brutus used logos and pathos to show the people of Rome that Caesar was an ambitious ruler. For example, Brutus asks the crowd, “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar
Both Brutus and Cassius had a similarity into assassinating Caesar; they both were afraid that Caesar would rise too much in power, feel very powerful being king or becoming a tyrant ruler “I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king” (I.II.84-85). They also had some differences into assassinating Caesar; Brutus was convinced by Cassius into assassinating Caesar believing it was for the “good of Rome” while Cassius did it because he was much jealous of Caesar into becoming King of Rome. Another similarity that both these characters share is how they died; both you could say committed suicide. At the end we could also see how both of these characters regretted assassinating Caesar because it didn’t bring Rome any good and what both had planned just didn’t go as they thought it
Throughout the story, Brutus was one of the few characters that understood the way power could change a man. He feared that Caesar would become a tyrant with all his new power and that Rome would suffer from his rule. He states this multiple times in the story. During Caesar’s funeral, Brutus states “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” (JC 3.2.23). It is clear to see here that Brutus was justified in killing Caesar because his intentions are good.
For example when Brutus contributes to killing Caesar, he uses rhetoric to gain the people’s trust again and when Antony uses persuasion to turn their mind set around against Brutus and onto his side. Brutus uses pathos to have people make an emotional answer to a rhetorical question; if they want Caesar alive and live as slaves or have him dead and live free. Antony uses his relationship with Brutus to gain people and have them turn away from Brutus and turn towards him in the case of Caesar’s death. After looking at both, Brutus and Antony’s funeral speeches, it is inferred that even though Brutus and Antony both used rhetorical devices in their speeches, Antony used them to his advantage along with his strong relationship with
Antony manipulates the crowd, with their submissiveness in mind. Antony begins to make the crowd to question Brutus and his dialectic behind killing Caesar. The “honourable” men claim to have killed Caesar due to his ambition, however “on the Lupercal / I thrice presented him a kingly crown, / Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?”(3.2, 98-100, 50). Antony uses logos appeal by stating facts, which makes the crowd think for themselves, unlike they normally do.
).” This quote shows that Brutus is considering betraying his best friend. Then later in act two Brutus says “The only way is to kill Caesar. I have no personal reason to strike at him—only the best interest of the people.”(2.1.10) which shows that he has given in and is agreeing to kill Caesar for Rome. Once Brutus betrays his dear friend Caesar it causes all kinds of turmoil in Rome. One example of the turmoil it cause in Rome was it started a war between the conspirators and their followers and Antony and Octavius and his followers.
Having to choose between his loyalty to Rome and his loyalty to his close friend, Brutus shows what is more important to him by finally killing Caesar. In Act I, Brutus tells Cassius, “What means this shouting? I do fear the people/Choose Caesar for their king” (Shakespeare I.ii.85-86). Brutus fears that Caesar will be crowned king, which contradicts the values of the Roman Republic. And after some persuading from the conspirators and Cassius, Brutus finally joins in on the act to kill Caesar before he can do any damage to Rome.
Also, Caligula’s baffling Uncle Claudius became Emperor by the Praetorian Guard. Personally, Caligula was a tragedy waiting to happen. The people of Rome may have known that his reign would be the forefront of destruction to the Roman Empire, but a blind hope of arrogance clouded their judgment as Caligula’s terror destroyed the lives of those around him. However, Caligula’s life was built for luxury, military warfare, and egomania. Most Emperors would have the decency to respect his people, protect their empire, and keep peace among other countries.
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
This quote refers to how the politicians of Rome “tore apart” the Republic that they were elected to protect through their own personal greed and corruption. Rome, however, was not the only period in history that suffered greatly due to political
There is conflict between Brutus and Cassius, based on their differences in relationship with Caesar. Brutus, is attempting to make decisions based on what he believes will be the best for his family reputation, and the Republic, whilst not hurting Caesar at the same time. While, Cassius is driven by his selfish desires for power. The conspirators convince Brutus that Caesar wants to be king, which calls into question the basics and morals of the Republic. To quote the play, Caesar is "a serpent 's egg" and so he must be killed “in the shell.” The same point can be made in view of the Republic itself.