Leaders derive their power from a range of sources – military force, wealth, rank. However, leaders that we most admire win followers through the skill of persuasion. The ability of a speaker to persuade his listeners to agree with him signals that he is a powerful and astute figure. In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the character of Cassius attempts to convince Brutus that Caesar should be assassinated. Brutus, however, cares deeply for Caesar and is hesitant to kill the beloved hero of Rome.
Not only that, but also locate the key differences to find their flaws, or to find out how they executed their speeches with different approaches. Above all, the true victor, of persuasion, was Antony. Brutus and Antony had quite a few comparable moments within their speeches. Both Brutus and Antony managed to analyze their audiences, and in doing so, they used it for their own advantage. Neither Brutus’s crowd nor Antony’s crowd of citizens understood their use of Rhetoric as both crowds seem to agree with the two (III,
Brutus continuously mentions that Caesar was ambitious. In his famous quote he says, “As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.” Brutus uses the repetition of ambitious to emphasize the conspirator 's reason for murdering Caesar. By repeating the word “ambitious” he makes sure that the audience knew exactly why Caesar had to be killed. This helps to create the specific effect of justifying the conspirator 's actions because it gives the audience a solid reason for why Caesar was dangerous. However, Antony uses his exact words to negate his argument.
Antony says this to show that Caesar was a good man who cared about the people. It was also to show that Brutus was wrong when he stated that Caesar was ambitious. Antony makes the citizens feel that the conspirators murder was
When it comes to murder, the culprit almost always rationalizes his or her actions to make them seem innocent in the situation. The murderer usually rationalizes their actions by using the victim's characteristics and using that to measure the value of the victim's life. In the play Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, Brutus and others decide to kill Caesar to protect the citizens of their home for they fear Caesar and his “ambition” would enslave the people of Rome. After they murder Caesar, Brutus speaks to the people to explain his actions and Mark Antony, one of Caesar's close companions, speaks on Caesar's behalf. Mark Antony was able to use rhetorical strategies better than Brutus in his speech in order to gain a level of
Persuasion is the action or fact of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something. During the turning point of the play, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Caesar’s good friend, uses persuasion to win over the plebians. In the beginning, the reader sees the beginning of conflict within Rome’s power. As the play continues the conflict grows stronger and leads to the death of Julius Caesar. Mark Antony seems to take the whole situation okay until he is left alone, where he reveals he will avenge Caesar.
Antony wants to remind the Romans that he is credible for speaking of Caesar “that love my friend, and that they know full well, that gave me public leave to speak of him” (III.ii.215-216) Antony uses ethos after telling the Romans everything to convince them in being against that conspirators’ that he can speak of Caesar because he was a close friend of Caesar. Antony convinces the Romans to retribute the conspirators’ for what they have done “In every wound of Caesar that should move the stones of Rome to rise and mutiny” (III.ii.225-226) Antony wants revenge and is convincing the Romans to riot by using pathos. Antony wants the Romans to feel sorry about Caesar’s death “here was a Caesar! When comes such another?” (III.ii.248) Antony uses pathos here to make the Romans think and feel that there’s not going to be another Caesar and now Caesar is killed so it is a major loss to Rome. He also asks a rhetorical question to prove his point that there is only one
The first example of pathos appears in line 57-62. During these lines Cassius reveals to Brutus his “Hidden worthiness” and essentially he says how Brutus does not see his true worth and value, and that most Romans would prefer him to rule rather than Caesar. By saying these things to Brutus, Cassius makes him feel special and makes him like Cassius more for saying these kind things to him, therefore he is more likely to do what Cassius wants. Pathos can also be found in lines 136-138 where he suggests the two of them and others, like a curse, will end up dying like slaves. By vocalizing the idea of them dying a melancholy death , similar to one of a slave, an idea placed in Brutus’ head where he will die a horrible death, because of Caesar, and makes him persuaded to like Caesar less.
Antony speaks “You all did love him once not without cause; what cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?”. Antony uses emotional attachment and guilt to convince the audience. But what really made Antony's speech stronger in the sense of pathos, was the fact that Antony used the audiences own feelings against them, which made them feel more guilty, which is what led to Antony making a stronger emotional impact with the audience. - - is effective use Antony delivered a stronger and more persuasive funeral oration due to his effect us Caesar. Antony was very smart about what he said, and all the examples and S - * ch was convincing.
One reason I believe that Brutus is a traitor is how he betrayed the people of Rome by killing Caesar. A common counterargument is that Brutus thought that what he was doing was for the betterment of Rome. However, the people wanted Caesar, as can be seen when they leave their work to celebrate him, as in this quote: “But indeed, sir, we make holiday to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph,” and whether or not Caesar was better for the people of Rome, killing Caesar was a betrayal of the will of the Romans. A similar argument is that by trying to explain to the Roman people why he did what he did, he showed how much he truly loved the Roman people. However, whether Brutus loved the Roman people or not, the murder of Caesar was still an act of treachery, as the Roman people wanted him as their ruler.