Marc Antony Rhetorical Analysis

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As the play progresses, Marc Antony’s manipulative nature is revealed and is especially evident in his shrewd use of rhetoric in Caesar’s eulogy. To bolster his underlying claim that Caesar’s murder was unwarranted and the conspirators should be held liable, he uses several rhetorical devices. Throughout his speech, Antony reiterates the caustic line, “Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man” (3.2.95-96). In doing so, he undermines Brutus’ character and disproves his allegation of Caesar’s ambition. Additionally, he poses several rhetorical questions regarding Caesar aimed at provoking thought and emotion in the crowd. This series of inquiries further refutes Brutus’ claims and causes the crowd to shift their loyalty from
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