Julius Caesar Rhetorical Devices

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The well-beloved king of Rome was murdered, leaving the decision of who would take his place in the hands the people. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, Marc Antony and Brutus give funeral speeches after the death of Julius Caesar. Their goal is to sway the minds of the people to stand on their side, and in the end, Antony has the people exactly where he wants them. Antony dominates the stage with the art of persuasion through his distinguished use of rhetorical devices. Antony outdid Brutus with his strategic application of syntax throughout his speech. Having been beseeched by Brutus to speak only well of him, Antony chose to use duplicity and add double meaning to his sentences. This was shown repeatedly when Antony proclaimed: “Yet …show more content…

While Brutus gave his speech, Antony walked into the forum carrying Caesar’s dead body causing Brutus to stutter and change his train of thought; Antony’s timing was impeccable. Then in the middle of his Antony’s speech, he yanked off Caesar’s cloak revealing his marred body. By doing so, he brought fear and anger into the people, causing their eyes to betray their emotions. Antony moaned: “If you have tears, prepare to shed them now” (III.ii.172). This statement encouraged the people to have empathy to a leader who they once loved. He then gestured at the stab wounds on Caesar’s body and cried: “Look, in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through./See what a rent the envious Casca made./Through this the well-belovèd Brutus stabbed” (III.ii.177-179). In this statement, Antony gave the people a tour of who murdered Caesar and granted them the names of whom to direct their anger, including his predecessor Brutus. Antony’s technique of helping the people remember their love for the once great Caesar and guiding the people’s furious emotions towards Brutus, made him the superior

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