Ethos In Julius Caesar

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Have you ever felt your loneliest even when surrounded by those who claim to be your closest friends? Have you ever gotten that uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach when putting your trust in someone who has stood by your side for years? If Julius Caesar, would have paid attention to his surroundings, he might have lived to see another day. In spite of his friendship with Caesar, Marcus Brutus took it upon himself and the conspirators, to kill Caesar. In their eyes, they saw Caesar’s initiative to control Rome as disastrous for the well-being of the people. Due to Brutus’ strong love for Rome and the citizens, he was able to the manipulate many Romans into believing he had honorable intentions in assassinating Caesar. In order, to prove…show more content…
In William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus makes an appeal to pathos, logos, and ethos by carefully crafting his word selection and diction to manipulate the people below him such as the plebeians, his wife, and even the…show more content…
For example, Brutus is appalled Cassius would take dishonest bribes, saying “I had rather be a dog, and the bay the moon,/ Than such a Roman,” (JC. IV. iii. 27-28). The shift from phrasing such as “rather be a dog” and “such a Roman” indicate that Brutus values his integrity. Integrity is a prominent feature in a credible person, as it determines their rate of believability. The language of the text is audacious because Brutus is showing he has the willpower to stand up to a colleague. Subsequently, Cassius and Brutus argue about how to raise money for the army, when Brutus says, “ For I can raise no money by vile means./ By heavens, I had rather coin my heart/ And drop my blood for drachmas than to wring/ From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash,” (JC. IV. iii. 71-74). A critical component of this line are the phrases, “coin my heart”, “drop my blood”, and “vile trash” because it infers that Brutus would put his life on the line, and do nothing lower than expected of him for the benefit of the army. He is able to shape his self-image, by showing he is an ethical man to make it apparent to Cassius that he is a credible individual. Brutus creates a didactic tone, which exemplifies he is an honest man whom Cassius can trust, as Brutus stays true to his moral
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