Another thing that needs to come to light consists of Antony himself. Antony had stated that he would rather wrong himself and the people, than wrong the honorable men. Although Antony said he would wrong himself, he comes out of the war spotless. This portrays irony because instead of wronging himself like he stated to the people, he chose to wrong everyone else, excluding himself. Although this line from Antony’s speech caused a violent outcome, it also helps to further on what the plot could have been.
The same way, Antony acted as if he was supporting the Roman citizens when giving Caesar’s eulogy. He did so to be able to get an upper hand on Brutus and seize control of Rome. However, Antony later sought a way to avoid paying the citizens’ bequests. Showing no real loyalty to the citizens of
In William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony wants revenge on the conspirators who killed Caesar. Following Julius Caesar's death, Mark Antony uses many different rhetorical devices such as pathos and ethos in his speech that help convince the Plebeians to go against the conspirators. Attempting to draw the emotions out of the plebeians, Mark Antony uses pathos to persuade them. Mark Antony says, “ My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me” (3.2. 106-107).
When Antony speaks to the plebeians, he convinces them that Caesar was a good man and turns them against the conspirators. After Brutus spoke, Antony
Antony’s claim that Brutus is not an honorable man is supported by Brutus’s lying and backstabbing acts, his biggest one being him killing his “friend” Caesar and trying to claim that he did it for the good of the people. In short, Marc Antony stays true in his argument while Brutus lies as an attempt to get the roman citizens on his side. Along with the other superiorities, Marc Antony also brings to the table more rhetorical variety. He uses verbal irony, personal anecdotes, counterarguments and many other rhetorical devices. An example of personal anecdotes used by Antony would be, “I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?” This is Antony’s personal experience with Caesar that Antony uses to prove once again, that Caesar was not ambitious and did not deserve death.
Marcus Junius Brutus and Mark Antony both deliver speeches to justify the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE and both use Logos and Ethos to convince the Roman citizens to join their sides. Both sides deliver their speeches with vehemence and start by elucidating why Brutus killed Caesar to begin with, why Antony’s desire for revenge is justified, and what the future of Rome will be because of his death. Antony teases the citizens of Rome with the will of Caesar that he holds in hand and claims it will dishonor Brutus and the other conspirators and is also one of his vital uses of Ethos in his speech. Most of the citizens, if not all of them side with Antony and will most likely help him accede to a great title of power in the future and also betray Brutus because of what Antony has them believe, i.e. an ignoble assassin.
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
For example, Antony uses real example of things that Caesar has done that disputes Brutus’s argument. Antony states “I thrice presented him a kingly crown,/ Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?”(3.2). Antony uses this example to make the crowd realize that Brutus’s reason may not suffice for killing Caesar. This is a real reason for the crowd to believe Antony over Brutus and helps persuade them to take Antony’s side. In addition, Antony shows the crowd that Caesar loved and cared for them, and once again, was not ambitious.
Antony also used Ethos when he speaks to the Romans. There were many differences in Antony and Brutus’ speech as well, including the ways they used strategies: pathos, logos and ethos. For starters, Brutus’ attempt of persuading the Romans during his speech was to convince them that it was right to kill Caesar. His excuses for killing Caesar were the following; because Caesar was too ambitious, and the Romans would’ve been slaves if he had lived. He was convincing the Romans that the conspirators were good people, who wanted no
This suspense helps him in the long run with his goal of persuasion. The plebeians listen to what he has to say, between that time of hearing the will, and start to agree with the pleas Mark Antony makes. “‘Tis good you know not that you are his heirs; For, if you should, O, what would come of it!” In this quote Mark Antony means that the people of Rome change their beliefs so often, like they did about Caesar after Brutus spoke, what would happen it they acquired Caesar’s inheritance. Therefore, the initial feelings the people get when hearing the words of Antony is guilt. In effect, Antony found another source of persuasion, the guilt of plebeians, them feeling horrible for themselves helped his case, he now had the upper hand.