Ethos And Pathos In Julius Caesar

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In the art of persuasion, there are many tactics that people use to convey or persuade people into getting what they want. There are several tactics used to achieve this, but the main ones that we see being used today are classical appeals like pathos (emotional), ethos (authority), and logos (logical). These appeals have shown up in many types of literature for a character to get their point across, but one of the best examples is in William Shakespeare's “Julius Caesar”. These appeals are used in two great speeches that are told by Brutus and Antony. Brutus’s speech uses ethos and pathos to get the crowd to agree to his killing of Caesar, while Antony uses the power of pathos and logos to refute what Brutus said to convince the crowd to follow him in his …show more content…

He uses pathos throughout his speech in order to influence the people to join his side because he is forbidden by Brutus to speak against the conspirators He is trying to appeal to their emotions and feelings in order to convince them to take his side and go against the conspirators. Antony states that "Caesar was my friend, faithful and just to me." in order to draw the crowd in and to evoke sympathy from them as he mourns the loss of his friend. He's trying to convey to the crowd that Caesar was also a man who had friends and was caring for those friends. This is to make Caesar appear more human. During his speech he also tries to remind the people of Caesar's empathy towards them by reminding them that Caesar was aware of their struggles. He shows the people this by stating that “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept”. This plays to their emotions because they feel guilty now for disliking a man, who even in a high position cared about their well-being. In effect, the people wonder if the conspirators cause for killing Caesar was justified or was it just for their own

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