Persuasive Precision In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos play an essential role in transforming a shocked, confused crowd of mourners, into an angry mob of rioters. Antony’s persuasive speech proves to be influential on the crowd, especially in Act III, Scene II. Antony utilizes Ethos, Logos and Pathos to completely change the mood of the crowd. The first way Antony turns the crowd against Brutus is through the persuasive power of Ethos. In an effort to persuade the crowd, Antony uses Ethos as a persuasive technique in regards to credibility and power. Antony first states,” He was my friend, faithful just to me:” (Shakespeare 3.2.) In this quote, Antony is promoting Caesar for his good qualities, in hopes that others will see him in a similar light. He wants the crowd to truly understand what is going on. Antony hopes he can persuade the crowd against Brutus. Then, he also states,” Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!” (Shakespeare 3.2-)In this quote, Antony is referring to how loved Brutus was by Caesar. Antony wants the crowd to ponder why if Caesar was so loved by Brutus, why would …show more content…
Logos is the appeal to logic or reason of the three techniques. Antony implements logos when he states, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious”? (Shakespeare 2.3) With this quote, Antony is trying to make the point that Caesar was not ambitious because he filled the general coffers, not his own. He helped others before he helped himself. Additionally, he states,” You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him with a kingly crown,” (Shakespeare 2.3-) With this quote, Antony is referring to how Caesar was presented with a crown but refused. Antony says this to make Caesar look unselfish and that he only has the best intentions for Rome. Antony successfully uses Logos to persuade the
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In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Brutus uses ethos, logos, pathos, and rhetorical devices to convince the Romans that the execution of Caesar was necessary for the greater good of Caesar himself and the people. When explaining why it was vital for Caesar to be killed, Brutus explains it wasn't that he “loved Caesar less,” rather that he “loved Rome more” (3.2.21-22). By using parallel structure, Brutus makes it appear that he evaluated the two ideas equally in order for the Romans to see that his love for Rome triumphed over his friendship to one person. By saying that he doesn't hate Caesar, Brutus communicates that he was once friends with Caesar, which can be an example of ethos because it gives him credibility that he was even
Persuading the People Aristotle's rhetorical triangle of ethos, logos, and pathos has been used to persuade audiences in literature for centuries, and it is no different for the historic works of Shakespeare. One of the most famous examples is The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, which includes Antony’s renowned speech about the death of his dear friend, Caesar. In his persuasive speech, Antony utilizes ethos, logos, and pathos to argue the injustice of Caesar's murder. Doing so forces the crowd of Romans to rethink their views on the conspirators and become enraged at what has been done. To begin, ethos allows an audience to trust their speaker, and Antony uses this throughout his speech.
(3.2.101-4). His dramatics demonstrate to the crowd how they should feel, and they follow suit. Once the crowd feels sentimental about Caesar’s death, Antony commences his process of enraging them. While revealing Caesar’s dead body, Antony utilizes loaded language to demonize the actions of the conspirators, Brutus in particular. He claims, “Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabbed; /
Mark Antony formulates his words in the perfect way that replies to Brutus’s speech prior to his, contradicting every point Brutus attempts to make. The old form of rhetoric, created by Aristotle, consists of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, each applying to contrasting points that is used to sway the audience. To start off, Ethos is used by Antony when he establishes that “he was [Antony’s] friend, faithful and just to [him]”, making it personal, as well as giving himself inside credibility (Shakespeare, III, ii, 87). Antony also lowers the value of Brutus’s ethos by stating over and over again, using repetition, that Brutus might not be as credible as he made it seem,
He tries to ally himself with the people labeling them as friends and fellow Romans. Starting out on a sincere note that will earn him respect from the crowd. Following this, Antony urges the crowd to join him in mourning Caesar, and eventually, he is overcome with distress. After regaining his composure he goes on to tell them that Caesar had been silenced, and he expresses dissatisfaction that the crowd wasn’t mourning with him. He puts the idea of rebellion in the minds of his listeners, but he urges them not to act on it.
Using logos to turn the wrongdoing on the conspirators but not saying it straight out, Antony states, “I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong— who, you all know, are honorable men. I will not do them wrong. I rather choose to wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you”. These lines express the issue in hand about the rules Brutus put in place for Antony to be able to speak at Caesar’s funeral. “Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, and, dying, mention it within their wills”, the line goes along with ethos, pathos, logos.
Antony used logos to take advantage of the group's sense of justice and logistics; he does this by using the subject of money. Antony states, “To every Roman citizen he gives— To every several men—seventy five drachmas' ' (Shakespeare 3.2. 233-234). When Ceaser provides each individual with a great amount of money, it is clear that he cared about the plebeians and did not disregard their concerns.
By asking questions such as, "Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?" (Act III, Scene II), Antony highlights the contradictions and hypocrisies present in the statements made by Brutus and his co-conspirators. Moreover, Antony's repeated emphasis on Caesar's virtues and his loyalty to Rome serve to further engender the crowd's affection towards him. In doing so, Antony is able to gain the support of the masses, ultimately leading to a chaotic and violent uprising against the conspirators. His skillful employment of rhetorical questions and his masterful use of language play a crucial role in swaying the opinions of the Roman
By doing this he appeals to the Romans and gets an emotional response. Lastly, Antony states in his speech “ For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel. Judge, O gods, how dearly Caesar loved him.” This is an example of ethos, because it makes the audience think about Brutus what type of person he
Antony also claimed, “Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it. It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you” (3.2.137-138). Antony wanted the crowd to understand that everyone hated Caesar, but Caesar never hated them. Julius Caesar cared for the poor and the rich, and Antony was one of the few men who knew that. Antony couldn’t make up a quote like that because he was best friends with Caesar.
This shows that Caesar wasn't ambitious and trustworthy. Antony uses his emotions to also win the people's trust. Antony is talking about the emotional story of how Caesar was murdered. He brings the people to a sad state and the Romans start to respect Antony more. Brutus thought that his reasoning behind the assassination of Caesar would be enough to persuade that the killing of Caesar was the right thing to do.
The second way that Antony used logos was him reminding Rome of how much Caesar did to Rome. Antony knew about the many great things Caesar did for Rome such as, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.”, “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;”, “You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse.” (3.2, 85-95) https://myshakespeare.com/julius-caesar/act-3-scene-2-popup-note-index-item-brutish. Captives from the enemy Caesar brought to Rome, When the poor were sad Caesar would be sad with them, Caesar was asked to rule Rome three times and he refused each time, he never thought himself higher than the regular people. For him to bring captives to Rome, cry with the people of Rome, and to refuse the crown these were all the ways Caesar helped Rome, how he was not ambitious and how much he loved Rome.
“My heart is in a coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause until it returns to me” (Crowther 51). Antony uses Logos to claim that he will not speak anything but the truth while talking to the crowd. “I am not here to disprove what Brutus has said, but to say what I know” (Crowther
Julius Caesar: Effective Manipulation Using Rhetorical Fallacies People can be very quick to misjudge a situation when they don’t understand the full story. Mark Antony knows this, effectively manipulating the crowd he gathered at Caesar's funeral. In the play, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Antony uses Pathos and Logos to create the more effective speech as a means to turn the people against Caesar’s murderers. Antony uses pathos to convince his audience that Brutus isn’t an honorable man.
(3.2.180–87) This quote shows Antony trying to show the crowd the true brutality of the conspirators and show how in Caesar’s final moments of life he was betrayed by someone whom he thought loved him and supported him. Antony is trying make the crowd feel angered at the conspirators for betraying Caesar, and killing him. He uses these emotions to encourage the crowd to attack the conspirators, and make them pay for what they have done. To conclude, Antony utilizes Pathos in his argument in order to make the audience feel the need to go after the conspirators.