Cassius influenced Brutus to conspire against Caesar by stating, Caesar “is now become a god… and his name has been sounded more than [Brutus’s]” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 118-145-6). Cassius’s arguments convinced Brutus in proving Caesar's murder would be just, but Caesar’s death is unjust because he is being murdered out of Brutus and Cassius’s jealousy. Both of the individuals are envious of the power that Caesar is being given by the people of Rome and want to end his life before they will lose their own power in the senate after Caesar becomes king. Brutus’ naive mind was easily convinced by Cassius that Caesar was not the best choice to assume the Roman throne because he would not listen to their political thoughts. Individuals, such as Cassius and Brutus, in the senate were afraid of having their power decreased because Caesar, as Brutus states, is an “unhatched serpent’s egg” (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 33).
During the Roman times, a wise man’s usage of words has the ability to persuade other’s minds, especially during a time of crisis. William Shakespeare writes Julius Caesar as a tragedy in 1599 to explain the conspiracy against Julius Caesar. In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Cassius & the other conspirators viciously stab Julius Caesar to death which causes an outrage among the plebeians. Brutus tries to justify to the crowd the reason as to why they kill Caesar. Brutus exclaims Caesar’s ambition shows Caesar’s ability to eventually become a tyrant.
You also don’t lash out and say you are better than your ally when you should be planning for the pressing battle. There is a lot of foreshadowing involving Cassius such as the scenes about the death of Caesar and his own death. When he says he would rather die than be a slave foreshadows him taking his own life. There is also foreshadowing in Caesars death, the soothsayer tells him to beware of the day he dies and Calpurnia’s dream is foreshadowing as well. Metaphors and similes are also used when Cassius compares Caesar to a titan and Antony compares Cassius to a hunter hunting a deer when he was plotting to kill
In William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony wants revenge on the conspirators who killed Caesar. Following Julius Caesar's death, Mark Antony uses many different rhetorical devices such as pathos and ethos in his speech that help convince the Plebeians to go against the conspirators. Attempting to draw the emotions out of the plebeians, Mark Antony uses pathos to persuade them. Mark Antony says, “ My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me” (3.2. 106-107).
“What other bond, than secret Romans that spoke the word, and will not palter?” I believe that Brutus and the Conspiracy should go to the capital and kill Caesar, and they should do what they had planned to do. Why should they? For the Romans to have a good place to live, pride, and confidence for their country. Caesar should not be crowned king, Caesar should not become the leader of the Roman people. The leader should be someone who cares about the people, someone who is honorable and understands that these people are important and need a good leader.
The main reasons are, Brutus could be a more terrifying leader there ever was, they might be killing one of the best leaders they could of had, what happens if there plan does not work, and the people of Rome are going to be mad. The reason that the conspiracy doesn't want Caesar to be king because they think he will be a terrible leader and they are jealous. Brutus should be happy that one of his friends is going to be king but instead he is jealous. Brutus is scared that Caesar is going to be a horrible king. How would he be any better though?
Similarly, Antony is a practical man, but he still knows how to admit and acknowledge someone else’s good sides unlike Cassius who’s always jealous. Eventually, Brutus loses and kills himself but he still thinks he won and earns “glory” since he never made shameful decisions. Cassius is a manipulative and experienced while Brutus is a smart and thoughtful guy who cares about Rome. Cassius writes a letter to Brutus, pretending like people of Rome,
“And therefore we think of him as a serpent's egg-which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous and kill him in the shell.” (Ⅱ, ⅰ,34-38). Brutus uses ethos in this quote because he’s talking about what he thinks and makes everyone believe what he is saying based on what he thinks. Brutus also talks about how he should stop Caesar while he’s still in the shell, meaning Caesar would be dethroned before he gains all control and power; therefore, being pathos. I think that Brutus thinks if he joins the conspiracy that he’s benefiting the general. I also think that Brutus is against himself in joining the conspiracy.
For example, Brutus addresses the men and announces that he is convinced that killing Caesar is for their benefit, not just his own. This is called the statement of position. Brutus then shifts to the statement of understanding. Here Brutus declares his reasons for wanting to kill Caesar. He believes that if Caesar becomes king, he will have too much responsibility and power.
Marcus Junius Brutus and Mark Antony both deliver speeches to justify the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE and both use Logos and Ethos to convince the Roman citizens to join their sides. Both sides deliver their speeches with vehemence and start by elucidating why Brutus killed Caesar to begin with, why Antony’s desire for revenge is justified, and what the future of Rome will be because of his death. Antony teases the citizens of Rome with the will of Caesar that he holds in hand and claims it will dishonor Brutus and the other conspirators and is also one of his vital uses of Ethos in his speech. Most of the citizens, if not all of them side with Antony and will most likely help him accede to a great title of power in the future and also betray Brutus because of what Antony has them believe, i.e. an ignoble assassin.