He appeals to their emotions by saying that his love to Caesar was no less than that of any dear friend of Caesar’s and that he did this “not that I loved Caesar less but that I loved Rome more. Through this he wants to show that he did not kill Caesar out a jealous rage but rather he did it for the better of the Roman people. This is effective in bringing a solid reasoning to his seemingly crazed killing. Brutus now continues by suggesting that if Caesar were to live they would all become slaves. He questions if anybody there “is so base that would
Compare and Contrast Essay for Julius Caesar William Shakespeare penned two of the most famous funeral speeches ever written. Marcus Brutus aimed to persuade his audience that he and his conspirators had good reason to kill Julius Caesar. Mark Antony, speaking second, convinced the crowd that they wronged the beloved Caesar. Brutus and Antony used the rhetorical strategies of rhetorical question, parallel structure, and epistrophe; however Antony’s use of epistrophe was the most effective. Both Mark Antony and Marcus Brutus used the rhetorical question to persuade the crowd that their thoughts were correct.
His reasoning for killing Caesar was the fact that Caesar was too ambitious. Although this was a good reason it was all an assumption and he gave no evidence on how Caesar was ambitious. Although Brutus did hypothetical situations to the countrymen to convince them further that Caesar could of became a tyrant. For the love of Rome is why Brutus murdered Caesar and that convinced the people that there was no man nobler than Brutus. He had won them over until Antony began his speech.
Initially, Brutus was a man for the people who did what he believed was necessary. Cassius had forced Brutus into thinking that Caesar was in fact ambitious, Brutus believed him and thought that by murdering Caesar, it would save the lives of the Roman people in the long run. Whereas many of the conspirators killed Caesar because they feared the possibility of him becoming too powerful, Brutus killed him so the people could someday live freely. Brutus loved Caesar dearly, in yet he still had the Roman people in his heart as his first priority. Additionally, Brutus died for his people.
He would only try to win the crowd and use them for his own good. The honorable Brutus saved Rome by killing Caesar. If Caesar didn’t need to die then why did he accept that he was going to die? Caesar said, “Et tu, Brute? Then fall Caesar.”(3.1.85) When he said that, he was saying that he was okay with dying by his friend, Brutus.
The audience is initially memorized by the Brutus they love, and are grateful for the ‘honorable acts’ he committed. This element of coercion helps him achieve his intentions of blindsiding the people to all aspects of the truth. But no worries, Brutus’ kind friend Antony will be sure uncover all and nothing but the truth for the commoners to second guesses Brutus’ words. 2nd Textual Quotation: “If, then, that friend demands to know why I rose up against Caesar, this is my answer: it’s not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?...Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman?
This essay will examine these questions and illustrate the justification of Marcus Brutus betraying and killing Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is sometimes considered to be a “tragic hero” because of the role he played in the assassination of Caesar, the tragedy of his father’s death and the outcome of his choices in life. Looking into the underlying flaws within the tragic hero reviles a trustworthy nature which inhibits his ability to judge the character of others. Plutarch described Brutus as a marvelous lowly and gentle person, noble minded, and would never be in any rage, nor carried away with pleasure and covetousness; but had an upright mind and would never yield to any wrong or injustice. Brutus' tragic flaw is that he is nationalistic, very gullible, and is too honest.
In the beginning, the two men break down into credibility first. Brutus breaks into ethos by talking about his honor, he tells the plebeians to keep his honor in mind. He also lets everyone know that Caesar was “ambitious” and he had to “slew” him because of it. He says this because he thought everyone in town thought Caesar was an honorable man. When Anthony came up, he knew that he had to work harder to gain the crowd’s attention, so he begins with saying, “I come to bury Caesar, not praise him.” (Act 3 Scene 2; 72) He says this because he knows people don’t want to hear a speech about how “amazing” Caesar was, so he says he’s not there to praise him.
The devices work together to convince the crowd that Caesar being the better and more legitimate ruler, has previously connected with the Romans in a proffessional ethical way as well as connecting with them an emotional way. Antony's use of red herring actually lights the light bulb for the crowd of Rome. The fact that he draws attention to the central issue of Brutus killing caesar and his death affecting Rome, brings the crowd
One thing that Antony said sarcastically that got the crow angry was “Let me not stir you up to sudden munity. They that have done this deed are honorable.” (3.2.200-202). What Antony was really trying to was, I want you plebeians to go avenge Caesar death because I cannot do this on my own. After Antony speech all the plebeians were fired up and helped to start a war. Antony persuasion was the most effective because all of the men sided with Antony until the end of the