Mark Antony's Use Of Ethos In Julius Caesar

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People only realize what they have once they lose it. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the Romans have no care in the world that Caesar died. The Romans did not understand Caesar's importance and honorability until Antony gave his speech to the Romans in memory of Caesar. Shakespeare uses ethos, pathos, and logos in Mark Antony's speech at Caesar’s funeral to persuade the Romans that Caesar was honorable.
To start with, Shakespeare uses ethos to explain to the Romans that Caesar was not ambitious. Antony portrays this in this quote, “The noble Brutus / Hath told you Caesar was ambitious. / If it were so, it was a grievous fault, / And grievously hath Caesar answered it” (Shakespeare 3.2- 79-82). Antony is telling the Romans that what Brutus said about Caesar being ambitious was false because everything Caesar did was for Rome and not his own empowerment. It was morally wrong for the way that Caesar died by being stabbed to death by the Conspirators. The Conspirators took away Rome’s emperor and took away Rome’s only leader and war hero. …show more content…

Antony provides the Romans with an example of one of Caesar’s honorable moments, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome, / Whose ransom did the general coffers fill” (Shakespeare 3.2-90-91). Caesar took people captive so that he could make a profit to put back into Rome’s banks. With this, Antony is disproving Brutus’ previous claim about Caesar being ambitious by telling the Romans about the selfless acts that Caesar has done. Antony is also proving his own statement about Caesar being an honorable man, because of Caesar’s act of finding an extra source of income for his

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