Julius Caesar Speech Ethos

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Shocked. The entirety of Rome is stricken to the core by the tragic death of their leader. The one they admire, worship, and rely on. Gone so suddenly. How must the city react to such an event? In the famous play of Julius Caesar, ethos-, logos-, and pathos-based persuasive techniques are used in the funeral speeches, coming first from Brutus and then Marc Antony, to influence the people of Rome to view Caesar's death as either an asset or a downfall. Brutus, closest friend and murderer of Caesar, takes a stand in front of the crowd of Romans, intending to enlighten his positive outlook upon the situation. In order to convince his audience, Brutus insists that Caesar was too ambitious, and that type of ambition would bring Rome to ruins if not handled. Firstly, Brutus uses ethos to his…show more content…
Brutus' honorable reputation does him justice, making it intelligible for the commoners to look up to him as a reliable public figure, and believable that his judgment is authentic and trustworthy. In addition, the way Brutus speaks in prose, the typical form of communication, allows him to appear more relatable, expressing to the people that he is one of them. Secondly, Brutus uses logos to confirm his beliefs in which Caesar, a potential dictator, needed be terminated prior to his overpower. "Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?" questions Brutus (Shakespeare). Although it took much convincing for Brutus to kill his best friend, he finally took the only logical option he had: sacrificing one man for the sake of the entire city, hence his statement, ". . . not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more" (Shakespeare). With this in mind, Brutus was compelled to regard Caesar's death as a favor to the city of Rome. Lastly, Brutus proves his dedication to Rome by announcing, ". . . for the
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