Ethos Pathos Logos In Julius Caesar

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Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in Julius Caesar Brutus and Antony both use emotional appeal, a self image, and logic to extract pity and anger among the audience in their speeches, however Antony spoke 2nd, allowing him to easily counter Brutus’ arguments with logic, logos. Brutus, an honorable, loyal citizen of Rome that is highly respected by the town speaks with his honorable self image, logic and emotion to compete for the crowd’s favor. Brutus, having a high reputation for being trustworthy, uses his image, ethos to his advantage. “Believe me on my honor and keep my honor in mind, so you may believe me.” (3,2 pg.127). Right away, the crowd is moved by Brutus’ speech and is immediately on Brutus’ side. Brutus makes sure he respects everyone by asking if he offended anyone. Brutus also uses logos in his speech. He lets the crowd know that if Caesar was still alive and resumed on becoming king, they would all be slaves, “Would you rather that Caesar living and we would all go to our graves as slaves, or that Caesar were dead and we all lived as free men?” (3,2 pg.129). Brutus assumes that they would be slaves if Caesar became king and he logically explains what went through his head. He says that he had to make the logically decision of killing Caesar and becoming free men, or staying quiet and die as slaves. The crowd praised Brutus because he wanted better for the people of Rome not for his selfish needs. After he expresses pathos by trying to get the pity of the crowd. He wanted to let the crowd know that he loved Caesar, but he simply loved Rome much more, “Just as I killed my best friend for the good of Rome, so will I kill myself when my country requires my death.” (3,2 pg.129). After he says this, Brutus had full control of the crowd because the crowd wanted him to live when he said he would die for Rome. Brutus makes it clear that it wasn’t his desire to kill
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