A People’s History of Ancient Rome and political scientist, Michael Parenti, stated that Caesar’s assassination “marked a turning point in the history of Rome. It set in motion a civil war and put an end to whatever democracy there had been” (Parenti 2). Caesar’s assassination harmed Rome and did not help their political situation at all. It confused and infuriated the working class because they had lost their beloved king to greedy senators without a real explanation. In Meller and McGee’s book they state that instead of supporting the conspiracy, the “assassination did help Caesar’s reputation” (Meller and McGee 78).
What would he do if his close friend was just murdered by a group of people he knew? In the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Caesar (the title character) was killed by a group of conspirators. Caesar’s closest friend, Marc Antony, was enraged by his death and wanted revenge on the conspirators who killed him. However, Antony couldn’t kill the conspirators so he turned a crowd of confused mourners into a chaotic mob with a well spoken speech. In the speech he used ethos, patho, and logos.
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. This line is also played out meticulously in the actual drama, in which Caesar, upon realizing that Brutus, a person he trusted, was also entangled in the matter of murdering him, stops his initial resistance towards the conspirators and dies. This simple line is arguably the most influential one in the entire play, as it not only resolves Caesar’s tragedy by finally clarifying the reason for his death—overconfidence and stubbornness; more importantly, this line serves as a milestone of no return for Brutus. Brutus, after this line, is automatically grouped with Cassius and the other collaborators, despite his actual integrity and loyalty for Rome—unique to the group of antagonists. This line exemplifies the
For example, Antony convinces the crowd that Caesar was a good man and they should all kill Brutus for what he has done to their “great leader.” Antony says in his speech to the citizens of Rome, “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; and Brutus is an honorable man.” Antony is smart and uses his brain to get what he wants, but Brutus on the other hand, is very naive. Brutus is naive because he spoke to the citizens’ emotions and not to what he wants them think like Antony did. Brutus wants the crowd to be happy that Caesar is dead. Which they are, but Antony convinces them not to be.
Antony also used Ethos when he speaks to the Romans. There were many differences in Antony and Brutus’ speech as well, including the ways they used strategies: pathos, logos and ethos. For starters, Brutus’ attempt of persuading the Romans during his speech was to convince them that it was right to kill Caesar. His excuses for killing Caesar were the following; because Caesar was too ambitious, and the Romans would’ve been slaves if he had lived. He was convincing the Romans that the conspirators were good people, who wanted no
“The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous” (Machiavelli 6). Indeed, Brutus is a symbol of idealism in the play. He acts virtuously to cover up the assassination accordingly to his perspective, where he compares the assassination to a rite, and Caesar’s dead body to a holy article. Further more, Brutus consistently doubted himself whether the assassination was an ethical thing or not. “Caesar, now be still: I kill’d not thee with half so good a will” (5.5.56-57).
Before Brutus dies he yells out to Cassius, “I kill’d thee with half so good of a will!” Meaning that Brutus is okay with dying because he knows that he had a good life and people will still respect him even after his death. Cassius is ambitious because when Cassius tells Brutus “we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable.” He is saying that because he wants to be like Caesar was and he is still jealous of him even though he is dead. He knows the people still respect Caesar even though he is still dead so he tries to spill out all of Caesar’s bad things he did while he was alive. Unfortunately he doesn’t get anywhere and the people end up hating him and not liking him even
Antony uses sarcasm, pathos, and verbal irony because those appeal to the Romans greed and envy, causing him to make the Romans go against Brutus. Antony decides to use verbal irony and sarcasm to explain that what Brutus did is wrong while Brutus uses rhetorical devices to proof he did the right thing. Antony is giving his speech at Caesar’s funeral. Antony states, “They that has done this deed are honorable”(JC, III, ii, 224). Antony tells the Romans how cruel and wrong Brutus and Cassius are, but he still calls them honorable men.
Leaders derive their power from a range of sources – military force, wealth, rank. However, leaders that we most admire win followers through the skill of persuasion. The ability of a speaker to persuade his listeners to agree with him signals that he is a powerful and astute figure. In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the character of Cassius attempts to convince Brutus that Caesar should be assassinated. Brutus, however, cares deeply for Caesar and is hesitant to kill the beloved hero of Rome.
It’s easiest to tell you a few similarities first. To start off, they both wanted power and were willing to kill for it, whether it was Mark Antony trying to kill Brutus or Brutus killing himself for the better of Rome. Another similarity is that both Mark Antony and Brutus are powerful speakers. Some of their differences throughout the play are their fight in power over Rome, Mark Antony doesn’t care about Rome but Brutus would kill himself if that’s what Rome needed; their personal disposition throughout the play, Antony was very manipulative while Brutus is an honorable man; and the persuasiveness in their speeches to the citizens of Rome, Antony uses his brain and Brutus is very naive. I said earlier, Antony and Brutus have many differences.