Antony pausing in this instance provides time for the Roman populace to reflect on what he just said and process the fact that Caesar is dead. Lastly, Antony uses loaded words which are meant to stir the emotions of the audience hearing the speech. He uses the words, “Ransoms,” “Mourn,” “Testament,” “Inflame,” “Ingratitude” (Shakespeare 44-48). Antony states these words to
He was saying that if Caesar got all the power he would most likely become vicious and make everyone his slaves. At the funeral, both of Caesar’s friends, Brutus and Antony, made a speech. In Brutus’s speech he was very concise and was saying that he did it all for Rome. Brutus used logos and ethos in his speech. To fortify his speech, he used logos which is logic and reason.
Antony emphasizes pathos by saying, "He was my friend, faithful and just to me" (Shakespeare). This draws out sympathy from the crowd, offering empathy for his loss. Also, Antony remarks, "When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept" (Shakespeare). Surely, Caesar cared greatly for his people, he cried when they cried, as he felt deeply for them. Naturally, the crowd is then infuriated towards the conspirators' bold actions and seek retribution.
In Brutus’ oration he answers the question of why he decided to kill Caesar. Brutus answers the question by saying, “this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more” (3.2.22-24). This answer from Brutus appeals to the Romans’ sense of nationalism. Brutus inflames the mob’s feeling of passion and pride for their country. This use of pathos is very powerful and well crafted; however, Mark Antony outsmarts him.
Antony said this to start showing his own feeling toward the death of Caesar. He also hoped that this would make the crowd feel for him and start feeling sad about the death. “It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you. You are not wood, you are not stone, but men” (3.2. Line 144-145).
Furthermore, in the speech antony says “ For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel: judge, o you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him.” Antony uses brutus like how girl describe relationships these day, that one moment you are bestfriends and each others guardian “angels” but things change and one person must decide they don’t like. But why did it happen? As a reader may read this their emotion may change as well because everyone has experienced losing a friend, either by a fight or backstabbing. In conclusion, Antony expresses his grief of caesar in hope that the plebeians would grieve with him to and he described the tragic relationship between two best friends, Brutus and
However, Antony uses his exact words to negate his argument. He says, “But Brutus says he was ambitious.” He does this in order to show the crowd that the conspirator 's main reason for killing Caesar was wrong. By giving examples of how Caesar wasn’t ambitious, then saying that Brutus said Caesar was ambitious, he turns the crowd against the conspirators, achieving his specific effect. Antony was the more persuasive character in the use of repetition because he was able to disprove the things Brutus said. Brutus’ main argument was that Caesar was ambitious, and Antony purposely disproved his main argument so that the crowd would have no choice but to support
“Is this the work of an ambitious man? When the poor cried, Caesar cried too. Ambition shouldn’t be so soft. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man.” This quote says Mark Antony trying to say the way Caesar acted before he died showed that he wasn't too ambitious after all. This quote means Mark Antony dislikes Caesar.
In many writings, rhetorical and literary devices can be found to make a statement stronger to readers. In Julius Caesar, one of many tragedies written by William Shakespeare, Caesar returns from war after killing Pompey and, many begin to argue over whether Caesar is considered a hero or a dictator. The people of Rome praised Caesar so Brutus, a friend of Caesar that believes he was using his power to hurt Roman, gathered conspirators and stabbed Caesar to death twenty-three times. Brutus then explains to Rome why he has murdered Caesar and Antony, a good friend of Caesar, also gives a speech to tell Rome that Caesar was not the horrible man that they assumed he was. In Brutus’ and Antony’s speech at Caesar’s funeral, both characters used many rhetorical and literary devices to persuade the Roman citizens.
Antony’s Rhetoric In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, rhetoric plays a powerful role. One of the most powerful users of rhetoric is Mark Antony. At no other time is Antony’s knowledge of rhetoric unleashed than during his speech at Caesar’s funeral. During his speech, Antony uses many different rhetorical strategies to persuade an entire crowd of Romans to turn against Brutus, a person who they loved and respected, and drive him out of Rome. Antony’s speech begins with him using verbal irony to deconstruct Brutus’ argument as well as a mix of logos and pathos to appeal to as many as possible.