The Funeral Speech of Julius Caesar In Williams Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Antony has a more successful speech than Brutus because Antony appeals to the desire of the Romans. Antony uses sarcasm and verbal irony but Brutus decides to use rhetorical devices. Brutus uses gravitas and his honor but Antony does not. Also, Antony decides to use pathos to appeal to the Romans emotions, but Brutus chooses to use logos. Antony uses sarcasm, pathos, and verbal irony because those appeal to the Romans greed and envy, causing him to make the Romans go against Brutus.
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.
The significance of this line is that it links together the two tragic characters—Caesar and Brutus—in a close way not witnessed elsewhere in this play. This line is also played out meticulously in the actual drama, in which Caesar, upon realizing that Brutus, a person he trusted, was also entangled in the matter of murdering him, stops his initial resistance towards the conspirators and dies. This simple line is arguably the most influential one in the entire play, as it not only resolves Caesar’s tragedy by finally clarifying the reason for his death—overconfidence and stubbornness; more importantly, this line serves as a milestone of no return for Brutus. Brutus, after this line, is automatically grouped with Cassius and the other collaborators, despite his actual integrity and loyalty for Rome—unique to the group of antagonists. This line exemplifies the
The conspirators thought that the plebeians would understand their motives, but, instead,“the city was in shock, and people became increasingly more hostile” after the assassination (Wasson). The commoners sided with Anthony and Octavian, ignoring the lack of justifications that the conspirators and Brutus provided. They were angry that their beloved king had been assassinated by the senators who were supposed to be working and supporting him. The author of The Assassination of Julius Caesar. A People’s History of Ancient Rome and political scientist, Michael Parenti, stated that Caesar’s assassination “marked a turning point in the history of Rome.
Robin Sharma once said, “Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.” The power and strength of words is easily underestimated, but can be seen in William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” through the characters, Brutus and Mark Antony. These men use their speech to persuade the audience to follow their personal beliefs. Both individuals use different tactics to appeal to the readers such as through emotion or logic.
What would he do if his close friend was just murdered by a group of people he knew? In the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Caesar (the title character) was killed by a group of conspirators. Caesar’s closest friend, Marc Antony, was enraged by his death and wanted revenge on the conspirators who killed him. However, Antony couldn’t kill the conspirators so he turned a crowd of confused mourners into a chaotic mob with a well spoken speech. In the speech he used ethos, patho, and logos.
Oedipus Rex and Othello-The Power of the Lie Aristotle defines a tragic hero to be a man with outstanding greatness, but cursed with a tragic flaw. Tragic heroes have typically been linked to tragedies and two excellent examples of tragic heroes are: Oedipus Rex and Othello. In Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello is driven to his end by his irrational actions, and fate. Sophocles also presents his work Oedipus Rex to tell the pitiful story of Oedipus who was condemned by gods to a terrible fate. In both dramas, William Shakespeare and Sophocles presented tragic heroes that were led to their downfalls by the power of fate, and the consequences of their freewill actions.
This is a prominent theme in the play Julius Caesar, as Shakespeare creates an arrogant and tyrannical leader named Julius Caesar. Throughout the duration of the play numerous people attempt to expose Caesar of his domineering and autocratic power. Among these men are two preeminent characters, Marcus Brutus and Caius Cassius. However in comparison to Brutus, Cassius deserves to be the character memorialized and venerated as he asserts himself as a skillful Machiavellian leader that provides the ingenuity behind the plot to kill Caesar. In correlation Brutus is perceived as the noblest Roman, yet contributes nothing significant to advancing the plot of the play.
“The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous” (Machiavelli 6). Indeed, Brutus is a symbol of idealism in the play. He acts virtuously to cover up the assassination accordingly to his perspective, where he compares the assassination to a rite, and Caesar’s dead body to a holy article. Further more, Brutus consistently doubted himself whether the assassination was an ethical thing or not. “Caesar, now be still: I kill’d not thee with half so good a will” (5.5.56-57).
Solan 2/XX/18 Peters H Revere him! Praise him! The New King’s Explosive Birth! The tragedy of Hamlet throws many characters at the reader with small bits of dialogue to establish their individual character, however specific characters receive page long soliloquies to further develop their personalities and give them certain traits and idiosyncrasies. Claudius presents himself as a fair gentleman, however his words reveal him to be a superficial charmer, manipulative and a corruptive man, making it perfectly believable when it is revealed that he was the one who murdered King Hamlet.