Pathos In Julius Caesar

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In Animal Farm by George Orwell, and in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare the creation of rhetoric is very prevalent in terms of characters attempting to persuade and manipulate others. Rhetorical appeals are most commonly used in politics to persuade citizens and voters to believe the speaker, whether the truth is being told or not. In Animal Farm there’s a pig named Squealer who is second in command, and consistently creates pathos to scare the other animals into submission. Whereas in Julius Caesar a prominent leader, Brutus who’s just killed Caesar creates pathos to paint Caesar as a villain and gain trust. Squealer creates pathos to emotionally appeal to the animals, and Brutus also creates pathos to gain trust, while both create pathos, …show more content…

The citizens said that “They were traitors. 'Honorable men'!”(3.2.153). This shows that although Brutus was quite persuasive, Antony was quickly able to change their mind. Brutus’ audience quickly turned on him, as in Brutus’ speech he speaks almost accusingly at times to the citizens, when he should’ve been rallying with him. His use of pathos was in a more negative notion and he quickly lost the Romans' trust. As the situation was explained “Squealer spoke so persuasively, and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation.”(Orwell 58). Squealer’s use of fear tactics throughout the story is very persuasive with the simple animals. Using the dogs as enforcers, rationing, and even public executions all help keep the animals submissive. The consequences of Squealer’s use of pathos are mainly positive for him and he easily manipulates most of the animals into keeping Napoleon in power. Squealer says that “No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal.”(Orwell 55). Squealer is persuading the other animals that Napoleon is the model citizen and does more for the farm than anyone else. This use of rhetoric creates the idea that the other animals aren't contributing as much as Napoleon and makes them feel ungrateful. The citizens of the Animal Farm are consistently manipulated by Squealer throughout the story and do whatever is asked of them, even as conditions worsen. Their hope is manipulated against them to make them slave away and keep Napoleon in

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