Although both men use a tremendous variety of literary devices, Antony allures the crowd’s attention by appealing more to emotion while Brutus appeals to reason and logic. Another way these speeches are similar is that their purpose is to persuade Rome. On the other hand, Brutus wants to persuade the people that Caesar was ambitious and had to be killed for the good of Rome as to Antony tells the listeners that Caesar did nothing wrong, so there is no reason to hate him. Despite the ways that these two characters are the same, Antony portrays a stronger argument because he attracts to people’s emotions instead of using logic and reasoning. Appealing to emotions are a more effective argument because it touches the audience’s heart and has them react based on their feelings rather than reacting based on someone’s reason and
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.
He repeats “So are they all, all honorable men Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.He was my friend, faithful and just to me.But Brutus says he was ambitious,And Brutus is an honorable man“(act 3 scene 2). By saying this he is implying multiple times in different ways that they really aren't honorable and that they all should be mad at them for killing
Within Antony’s speech to the Romans he uses anaphoric text to spike a whirl of rage towards Brutus. Repeatedly Antony states “Brutus is an honorable man” emphatically for the duration of his speech to contradict Brutus’s nobility ( March Antony, Lines 83,88,95 ). Before Antony begins his speech he is approached by the Romans with comments to not speak bad on Brutus’s name, which is why he utilized the anaphora to repeat that Brutus is an honorable man therefore allowing him to gain the Romans trust to speak. Antony does not say these lines truthfully but sarcastically to make the people of Rome feel furious against Brutus for taking Caesar to his mortal death. Antony states that Brutus killed Caesar after making a deceitful impeachment of ambition; making Brutus not an honorable man.
Through this specific part of Cassius’s speech, he was able to present many different emotions: Caesar was fearful, and Cassius was angry because Caesar was suppose to be his fearless leader that was not scared of anything. This also helped to evoke a feeling of displeasure from Brutus toward Caesar. Lastly, Cassius appeals to logos many times throughout his speech. His most prominent one being when he stated, “did I the tired Caesar. And this man is now become a god, and Cassius is a wretched creature and must bend his body if Caesar carelessly but nod on him.”
After the death of Julius Caesar, the people of Rome demanded an answer. An audience gathered to hear both the speeches of Brutus and Mark Antony, since Brutus allowed Antony to speak. Brutus went first, trying to persuade the crowd to realize this was a necessary evil. Mark Antony went after Brutus and took a different approach. He used pathos, which means he appealed to the audiences emotions and feelings.
Mark Antony states that Julius Caesar loved Rome very much ‘He hath brought many captives home to Rome.” He also says, “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.” Those are two reasons why Caesar was not ambitions to the people of Rome. It’s true that Brutus and Cassius both wanted Caesar dead because of his ambition. Brutus says that, “There is tears, for his love;
He is a great observer, and he looks quite through the deeds of men” (1.2.199-204) Caesar doesn’t trust Cassius very much because he sees him as a danger to people. In fact, he said that Cassius should be feared by nearly everyone, but doesn’t fear him himself. In conclusion, Caesar doesn’t like Cassius because he can’t trust him as being as loyal as the people he surrounds himself with. However, Caesar likes Brutus because they are close friends. When Cassius asked Brutus if he didn’t want Caesar to be king, Brutus replied, “I would not Cassius.
Caesar was beginning to show signs that he saw himself above roman jurisdiction which was contradicting Republic values. The senate also did not like the fact that Julius Caesar was extremely disrespectful towards them on multiple accounts which showed his arrogance. Suetonius states, “Two tribunes of the people ordered the fillet to be removed at once from his statue and the offender imprisoned. But Caesar reprimanded and summarily degraded them both.” The reason why Julius Caesar was eventually assassinated was because he was too obvious about his motives. Caesar had no problem acting like a tyrant in front of the senate even though they were the ones that gave him his titles and honors.
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.