How Does Mark Antony Use Ethos In Julius Caesar

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Mark Antony was a friend and follower of Julius Caesar. After Brutus gave his speech explaining to Rome why he killed Caesar, Antony walks in with Caesar’s body and begans to give a speech of his own. Mark Antony says, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”(Ⅲ.Ⅱ. 3-4), which explains that people will always remember the bad that you did rather than remember the good. This is dignifigant because Mark Antony is trying to tell the people that Caesar was not a bad guy like Brutus pertrayed him to be. One of the big reasons Brutus and the senate killed Caesar was because they believed that he was going to be too ambitious; in reality Caesar had not shown any sign of being ambitious, Brutus was just manipulated …show more content…

Antony says rhetorical questions, and also allows the people to be able to speak back during his speech. “What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?”(Ⅲ.Ⅱ. 31). Here is an example of when Antony uses rhetorical questions. Antony used this question to maninpulate people into feeling sorry that Ceasar has died. Antony was good at maninpulating people throughout his speech. Antony uses pathos as another way to manipulate the people. “Bear with me, my heart is in the coffin with Ceasar And I must pause until it come back to me.” (Ⅲ.Ⅱ. 33-35). Mark Antony explains how he is “heartbroken” about Ceasar’s death and must wait to continue his speech. This immediantly catches the ear’s of the audience as they hear about how much Mark Antony loved Ceasar. Antony repeats to the people that Brutus was an honorable man. He is being almost sarcastic when he says this though. Antony doesn’t actually think that Brutus is an honorable man. He is mocking Brutus. This makes Brutus and his speech seem weak and not as important, or reliable. Since Mark Antony has made the people of Rome feel bad about Ceasar’s death, they also begin to feel resentment towards Brutus and the …show more content…

Just as the people starting speaking and wanted to kill Brutus and the senate, Antony tell them this; “I found it in his closet,—’tis his will: Let but the commons hear this testament, Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read.”(Ⅲ.Ⅱ. 58). Antony told a lie to the people of Rome, not to betray their trust but to make them truly believe that Ceasar loved them. He says this so that the people of Rome will think that Ceasar left something behind for them; this was a sneaky act on Mark Antony’s side. Notice he said that he wasn’t going to read it, this should be a red flag that maybe Mark Antony is making this up, a red flag that the people of Rome didn’t notice. Antony manipulates the crowd once more, “And they would go and kiss dead Caesar’s wounds and dip their napkins in his sacred blood, yea beg a hair of him for memory.” (Ⅲ.Ⅱ. 56-57). Here Antony uses the people’s respect and honor towards Ceasar against them. He knows that they think of Ceasar as being great and mighty and now that he is dead, the people resent his killers even

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