Parallelism In Julius Caesar

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William Shakespeare, in his tragedy Julius Caesar, has Cassius use parallelism, a rhetorical question, and an allusion to persuade Brutus in joining the conspiracy against Caesar. Shakespeare uses parallelism in Cassius 's speech to emphasize that Brutus and Caesar are equal which helps to persuade him to join the conspiracy. Cassius is making Brutus aware of his equivalent value to Caesar and states, “Write them together, yours is as fair name; / Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well; / Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with 'em” (1.2.153-155). Parallelism is illustrated here by using similar words, phrases, and clauses. Cassius is trying to diminish the idea in Brutus ' head that Caesar is more superior than him. Saying their names are just as nice to write and say sparks the idea in Brutus ' head to lower his standards of Caesar. This shows that a name is just a name and one should not be proclaimed over the other. Comparing names helps Brutus forget about any high pedestal that Caesar stands on since everyone has this one thing that makes them who they are. This displays Caesar to be an average person, helping Brutus to think about being just as equal as him. Using parallelism emphasizes them to be alike since this rhetorical device is used to be a balance in a sentence. Cassius 's persuasion of depicting the same person entices Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar even more. By making Brutus feel just as important as Caesar also increases Brutus ' ego.
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