Julius Caesar Rhetorical Devices

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Rhetorical strategies used in Act three scene two (Brutus funeral speech) of Julius caesar written by Shakespeare. Has the thought of sacrificing something you love for something you supposedly love more ever crossed your mind? In the play julius caesar, caesar returns to rome and the people are overjoyed by his defeat of Pompey and offered him the crown. Cassius a long time political enemy of caesar was envious of his power and prestige. Convinces brutus a friend of caesar’s to turn on him in fear of a republic. The conspirators killed caesar before the shocked senators and spectators. In brutus speech he claims that he didn 't love cesar any less by killing him he just loved rome more. Brutus begins building his credibility to the roman people by using rhetorical appeals that persuade the audience to believe that he did the right thing by killing caesar. His use of logical appeals weakened his credibility because it seemed like he was putting the blame on other people instead of taking responsibility for his own actions. Through Brutus 's piece, he uses ethos appeals to build his argument as to why he did the heinous act of helping murder caesar. Two examples of how brutus used ethos appeals can be seen when caesar explains why he made the choice he did. “Not that I loved caesar less, but that I loved rome more.” (shakespeare,3,1) Another example of how brutus tried to use ethos to persuade the people of rome can be seen in stanza four. “Who is here so vile that

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