In Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare, several rhetorical devices are used inside this play to represent not only the speaker, but how it affects the people listening as well as the readers. In Act 2 Scene 1, Brutus speaks with Cassius and other fellow conspirators about the assassination of Caesar. Though Cassius was the one who plotted the entire coup, Brutus quickly takes control over the entire plan. The conversation between the two show who is really in command and whose words have more weight. Cassius and Brutus have only spoken briefly and Brutus just has been introduced to Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius, and he carries more of an influence in decision making than Cassius does.
All that his murderers had against him were their thoughts of what might come, and that is not sufficient to commit a murder. The action of killing Caesar would, and did cause a chain of unfortunate events. Brutus and Cassius were driven from Rome and lived as exiles, building armies in order to
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).
Cassius drawing his sword in suspicion, for he hears something. Casca draws his sword in fear shaking from head to toe, Cassius calls out to Casca, they identify each other and slip their swords in their sheaths. The other conspirators make their presence known and Cassius starts his journey of deception. In William Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar, Cassius uses ethos to manipulate Brutus into joining the conspiracy. The crafty insidious Cassius will do almost anything to get his plan into play, for example when the noble Brutus was hesitant to join Cassius’s conspiracy, Cassius uses ethos through a “letter from the people”.
He was conflicted, at war with himself, and confused about what to do about Caesar. Cassius, another conspirator, had forged fake letters to Brutus. “Brutus, thou sleep’st. Awake, and see thyself” (II.i.46). The letters stated that Brutus needs to act out against Caesar and interprets them as the people are against Caesar.
Antony utilizes Brutus’s own words against him to show the truth about the conspirators and their intentions of killing Caesar. Shakespeare shows this when he writes But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar. I found it in his closet; ‘tis his will. Let but the commons hear this testament, Which (pardon me) I do not mean to read, (III.ii.
A notable feature of Julius Caesar is that the initially supposedly main character—Caesar—dies in the middle of the play. The reader eventually realizes that the play is actually of not one, but two separate but closely mirroring tragedies. The famous line “Et tu, Brute?” (3.1.77) serves as a signal for which the scenes following it reveals the tragedy of Brutus in more detail. The tragedy of the first two acts is of Caesar, and all of his flaws culminate to this point, where the conspirators, including his friend Brutus, assassinate him. The significance of this line is that it links together the two tragic characters—Caesar and Brutus—in a close way not witnessed elsewhere in this play.
Brutus in “Julius Caesar” joins the conspiracy to kill Caesar thinking of the good of the Roman people. Both Brutus and Caesar shows a bright reflection of patriotism by their deeds for the good of the Romans. Antony whereas depicts a contradictory theme of patriotism. He leaves his own force in the battle to destroy and flees with Cleopatra. This cowardice act takes place because of his blind love for Cleopatra.
2, 87-88). This consummate deceit is indispensable to the play, because it convinces Caesar to come to the place where his murder took place. Decius interpreted the blood as “reviving blood,” this means the great Roman will learn the resurrection of new blood from his body, which represents the power and strength that people believed in Julius Caesar, thus making Caesar believes that Calpurnia’s dream was nonsense and foolish. Because of the fact that Caesar is overly ambitious, easily flattered, and he wants the crown so badly, he went to the senate and was killed by his conspirators. Without deception, Caesar’s death could’ve easily been averted.
Many lives were taken, not just Caesar’s, but many of the conspirators lives as well. Overall the remaining characters learned that terrible things will happen when you are easily manipulated and you listen to what everyone has to say. Brutus’ funeral speech in William Shakespeare’s A Tragedy of Julius Caesar was most effective due to their use of pathos, ethos, and logos.