Ethos Pathos And Logos In Julius Caesar

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In the play Julius Caesar, Antony’s speech was more persuasive than Brutus’s speech. Antony persuaded the people of Rome not by what he said, but by how he said it. Pathos and logos were used as a means of persuasion throughout his speech. He also used lots of literary devices in his speech like irony, bandwagon, strawman, appeal to pity, and symbolism. The most common type of irony used was verbal. Verbal irony was used to indicate reverse psychology like when he said “if I were disposed to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong.” Bandwagon was used to express following along with others actions, like in the lines “Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar.” Strawman was used as a means of not being able to predict what others can say, like when he said “The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious.” Appeal to pity was used in the lines “If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it,” Antony was trying to make the people feel bad with a sad remark about Caesar. “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept,” is an example of symbolism. Antony was trying to show Caesar was a man who cared about the people of Rome and his murder was unjust. All of these…show more content…
He also used a lot of pathos to make someone feel bad about something. Like in the lines “My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me,” he wants the citizens to feel saddened by Caesar’s death. There are many more ways in which Antony’s speech was more persuasive. Antony knew what to say, but he also knew exactly just how to say it to appeal to the people of Rome. One thing he could have done better was persuading the citizens sooner than
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