Julius Caesar Persuasion Analysis

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One of the most underestimated arts in all of history is the art of persuasion. It is everywhere, in daily conversation, in the government, and in Shakespeare’s stories. In fact, one of his plays, Julius Caesar, revolves around persuasion, especially when it comes to the character Brutus. The play is about Julius Caesar, who is on a clear path to becoming the king. However, some of his constituents plan to stop his rise to power. But to succeed, they need the help of Caesar’s right hand man and good friend, Brutus. In this scene, Cassius, the head conspirator, attempts to use ethos, pathos, and logos to convince Brutus to turn against Caesar. Cassius uses his knowledge of Caesar’s failings and his past with Caesar to prove he is a knowledgeable and credible source, while also trying to invoke feelings of anger in Brutus. Cassius mainly uses the device pathos by trying to invoke emotions in Brutus to turn him against Caesar. “Why should that name be sounded more than yours? rite them together, yours is as fair a name;” Cassius says. This is supposed to make Brutus question Caesar’s godliness, and his ability to lead. The statement is saying that Brutus is just as good as Caesar. Cassius supports this by pointing out they have the same upbringing…show more content…
He presents a logical argument when he says, “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.” Brutus, Cassius and Caesar were all raised on the same social status and have been through as much as him. It may not be a statistic, but it is definitely an undeniable fact. It’s saying they were raised the exact same, so Caesar is no godlier than them. This helps convince Brutus because he needs the facts to feel as if he is doing the right thing, to feel as if his feelings of worry about Caesar being crowned is not unsubstantiated, to feel like it is necessary to turn against his
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