Patrick Henry’s Give me liberty, or give me death! Is a great example of rhetoric used to its full potential. He does 3 major things in the speech that really emboldens the use of his rhetoric. He uses the simple three modes of persuasion. He got his point across without offending or being rude instead he decided to use logic to polite alert everyone to the crisis he was seeing.
Caesar was loved by the majority thus, almost worshiped because of the light and greatness he has brought to the beloved city of Rome. Every decision and every move that was made by him was considered the right path. "My heart laments that virtue cannot live out of the teeth of emulation" is a quote said by one of Caesar's admirers; this quote creates a wedge between the two views people had about him. The minority, or the dangerously bright group, marked this Roman as unjust, evil, corrupt and a tyrant to be. Also, a man of lies that uses his people's love for his own benefit; this group had these thoughts for the sake of not wanting a greedy and dreadful dictator or simply being jealous.
Then he uses kairos, or correct timing, in his speech. He allows Brutus to speak before him, which gives him the opportunity to rebut Brutus’s argument. Antony’s entire argument hinges on providing examples to contradicting Brutus’s initial claim that Caesar was ambitious. If we think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, and the repeated emphasis in that speech on one phrase. Antony does the same thing with the phrase "For Brutus is an honorable man, / So are they all, all honorable men" or "But Brutus says he was ambitious, / And Brutus is an honorable man."
Subsequent to saying that he was offered the crown three times he utilizes Verbal Irony to represent Caesar's unambitious nature on the Roman residents. Antony uses sarcasm by saying "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and sure he is an honorable man" (III.ii.104-105). With these words, Antony skillfully suggests that the citizens should defy the Conspirators, he likewise says that Caesar was not ambitious therefore was an honorable man. Antony influences the plebeians to think as one of the citizens reacts that he supposes "much reason in his sayings" (III.ii.114-115). With this response, the residents delineate their loyalty to Caesar.
Even just by reading pages 5-12, I can tell that Ta-Nehisi Coates is a good writer because his essay is highly thoughtful and provocative, and the well-written narrative provides lots of powerful examples to depicts the racial struggle in the U.S. He told his son, “You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regression all land, with great violence, upon the body.” The concept of violence upon the body appears on every important point of my reading. This is more powerful than the examples of law enforcement and black Americans because it leads the reader to truly see the the fears provoked. He talks about how those who believe they are white are essentially doing the “theft” from the bodies of the black. By using example from the American history and some recent disputes between the police and the black, he seems to express hope, but then he realized there’s real hope.
Antony tells facts, “implementing logic”, that the people have witnessed and that’s why his speech is better than Brutus’s. Antony giving facts that the people know of using lothos, ethos, and pathos in his speech was a great way for his speech to be much better than Brutus’s. As Brutus is speaking about Caesar during his funeral he remind the people that they did love him indeed, but what Brutus has done is far greater than what Caesar would have done. “did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?” (2.2.30-31). Antony was telling the people of Rome that it was logic they did love Caesar, but since he is gone, why do they still love him?
The use of repetition in Antony 's speech allows for him to persuade the crowd and enable him to indoctrinate the plebeians causing them to despise the conspirators undertakings and yearn for Caesar’s avengence. ‘You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And sure he is an honorable man’ (III.ii.96-100, 89-91, 92-95) Antony’s use of rhetorical statements of Brutus’s honorable implies the exact opposite of what he says to the crowd. Although Marc Antony is given the moment to speak during the funeral, he must not speak badly on behalf of the conspirators sake, which allows him to use repetition to ultimately state one thing but mean the exact opposite; these statement ultimately
Honor is a form of high respect or esteem. The word honor itself is synonymous with expressions like glory, distinction, and merit. The noun is usually reserved for those who have done the unthinkable for their country; it is for those who are at such an important title that no other word can describe them. Soldiers and doctors do things dubbed as honorable; armies put themselves at risk for their country, and doctors save lives. Albeit, of those who read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, several people would not agree that Brutus was, in fact, an honorable man.
He continues by saying “as he was/ valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I/ slew him (3.2.27-28).” Through these words he shows the people what he is capable of doing and how conflicts must be resolved. In contrast, Antony is trying to make Brutus sound like an imposter and he constantly repeats the phrase “Brutus is an honorable man (3.2.91).” When he uses this phrase in such sentences it slowly starts to sound sarcastic or stretched. “He was my friend, faithful and just to me:/ But Brutus says he was ambitious;/And Brutus is an honourable man (3.2. ).” Antony continues his debate by giving examples of the great treasures Caesar has brought Rome.
Antony begins by stating the reasons why Caesar wasn’t ambitious, but a kind, loving friend. For example, “He was my friend, faithful, and just to me,/But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man./He hath brought many captives home to Rome,/Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill./Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?/When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;/Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” (III.ii.94-101). By saying this, Antony informs the audience of his and Caesar’s relationship and mocks the way Brutus repeated how Caesar was ambitious frequently in his eulogy. Antony then provided evidence of the opposite. He says that, although he kept captives for ransom, he cries for the poor.
Importance of Rhetoric Rhetoric, the art of persuasion, is not an ability possessed only by politician and salesmen, but also an important skill people can use in their daily life to entertain, inspire and influence others. According to Plato, “rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” One who is skilled in the art of rhetoric has the power to control and influence the audience 's’ thinking process and convince the audiences to believed and support the speaker’s idea. Besides convincing others, the speaker who possess a good rhetoric skill can also defend him or herself on the aspect of religion, political view, or controversial issues. In general, a person with good rhetoric skill will get more support and wider influence, and a good
Dr. King knew his audience and understood how to most effectively convey his message to that audience.Dr. King very effectively uses an either-or logical fallacy to draw his audience to his side. Because his topic is so emotionally charged, he is able to almost give an ultimatum from time to time. He makes it very clear that the time to act is at hand.