Ethos Pathos Logos Julius Caesar

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Though Brutus and Antony had the same rhetorical strategies, Antony’s speech was more effective in winning over the audience. Brutus and Antony both used the strategy of ethos, the image and character that they portray to the audience. Brutus started off his speech with “Romans, countrymen, and lovers! Hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear. Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor that you may believe.” (126). Brutus appeals to the audience with his honor, and calls them fellow romans and dear friends. By asking the people to believe him for his honor, he lays down his credibility of being an honorable person. He knows that the people know that he is honorable. Because of this, the audience believes that he killed the ambitious Caesar because he cares and loves the people of Rome. Antony was able to attack this ethos-driven speech. He starts by saying, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” By saying so, he is presenting to the people that he is a friend. Saying that he wasn’t praising Caesar also appeals to the audience because right now, they are hating Caesar. During the speech, he uses rhetorical irony, and attacks the ethos of Brutus. He constantly and sarcastically repeats that Brutus is an “honorable man”, after he puts Caesar’s image up each time. This key strategy makes the people question Brutus’s honor and character. Pathos is the appeal to the emotion, and is the most often used rhetorical strategy in both Brutus’s and Antony’s speech. Brutus asked many rhetorical questions and talked about how dangerous Caesar's ambition was and how he could have made them slaves. Antony however, brought up Caesar’s will. He teased the audience with the will, and made the audience beg Antony to hear it. This will appealed greatly to the people’s greed. Then, Antony showed them

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