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Rease May Mrs.Clark/Mrs.Taylor English II Dec 10. 2013 Rhetorical Strategy Here Julius Caesar’s cold body lay. The great Caesar has been slain by his “loyal” friends. Brutus tries to explain that the death of Caesar was for the good of Rome because he became too ambitious while Antony tries to explain subtlety that Caesar was not ambitious and that it was the conspirator’s ambition that had slain Caesar. Both Brutus and Antony delivered great eulogies to Caesar, but Marc Antony’s was more persuasive to the crowds of Rome. Although both Mac Antony and Brutus used logical arguments to persuade the crowds of Rome, Antony’s eulogy caught the crowd’s attention more effectively. As Antony explains “you all did see at the Lupercal I presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition” (citation). Antony here in his eulogy is trying to explain was nothing near too ambitious if he would refuse a crown three times. Antony is befuddled that people think Caesar was “too” ambitious when he had three times refused the crown. In conjunction with Antony’s speech, Brutus also used a logical argument to persuade his audience. Brutus displays to the crowd that Caesar’s glory shall be remembered, but also shall the wrong he had brought upon Rome for which he had been slain as Brutus illustrates in his eulogy to Caesar. “his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worth, nor his offences enforced, for which he suffered death” (citation). Both these men, Brutus and Antony, used logical arguments to persuade the crowds, but they included emotion to grab the crowd’s attention. Brutus and Antony’s eulogies both contained much emotion to appeal the crowd’s sympathy towards Caesar although Antony presented his more persuasively. “you all did love him once, not without cause: what cause withholds you then to mourn for him now”(citation). Here Antony depicts how

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