Pathos In Brutus's Speech

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Cassius (Act 1, scene 2, page 5-6) I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus, As well as I do know your outward favor. Well, honor is the subject of my story. I cannot tell what you and other men Think of this life, but, for my single self, I had as lief not be as live to be In awe of such a thing as I myself. I was born free as Caesar. So were you. We both have fed as well, and we can both Endure the winter’s cold as well as he. For once upon a raw and gusty day, The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores, Caesar said to me, “Darest thou, Cassius, now Leap in with me into this angry flood And swim to yonder point?” Upon the word, Accoutred as I was, I plungèd in And bade him follow. So indeed he did. The torrent roared, and we did buffet it …show more content…

Additionally, throughout Cassius’s speech, ethos, pathos and logos can be seen. These are also important factors that can be identified in the aristotelian model. For example, Cassius appeals to credibility when he states, “I was born free as Caesar. So were you. We both have fed as well, and we can both endure the winter’s cold as well as he.” Ethos is seen in this proclamation because Cassius is convincing Brutus that both him and Cassius have gone through the same hardships that Caesar has gone through. This makes both Cassius and Brutus credible for the leadership position which Caesar has. Moreover, Cassius addresses pathos when he remiences about the time when he had to save Caesar at Timber River; The torrent roared, and we did buffet it with lusty sinews, throwing it aside and stemming it with hearts of controversy. But ere we could arrive the point proposed, Caesar cried, “Help me, Cassius, or I sink!”. Through this specific part of Cassius’s speech, he was able to present many different emotions: Caesar was fearful, and Cassius was angry because Caesar was suppose to be his fearless leader that was not scared of anything. This also helped to evoke a feeling of displeasure from Brutus toward Caesar. Lastly, Cassius appeals to logos many times throughout his speech. His most prominent one being when he stated, “did I the tired Caesar. And this man is now become a god, and Cassius is a wretched creature and must bend his body if Caesar carelessly but nod on him.” …show more content…

It is evident that many different aspects of rhetoric can be seen throughout Brutus’s strategy. For instance, the Aristotelian model can be observed through Brutus’s acknowledgement of the speaker, subject, and audience. Moreover, the Rogerian model can be depicted through Brutus’s statements of opposition, understanding, and position. Lastly, the Toulmin model can be illustrated through Brutus’s powerful claim. The ability to recognize that all three models can be found in Brutus’s speech, is what makes it unforgettable. The Aristotelian model can be interpreted when Brutus speaks to all of the city men who agree with his statement that Caesar must die. Thus, his audience is revealed. Furthermore, the Rogerian model can greatly be seen and analyzed in Brutus’s speech. For example, Brutus addresses the men and announces that he is convinced that killing Caesar is for their benefit, not just his own. This is called the statement of position. Brutus then shifts to the statement of understanding. Here Brutus declares his reasons for wanting to kill Caesar. He believes that if Caesar becomes king, he will have too much responsibility and power. The amount of power he will obtain when crowned king will make him corrupt, and he will use his power for the wrong reasons. Following this statement, Brutus addresses the opposing views of his argument. For instance, Brutus proclaims

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