Julius Caesar Essay

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Julius Caesar Mark Antony's Speech In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Antony confronts a crowd that is against him and on the side of the conspirators who just killed Caesar. In order to turn the crowd to his side; Antony uses rhetorical questions, appeals, and irony in his speech to the people. Without breaking his word not to wrong the conspirators, Antony indirectly persuades the crowd that the conspirators were wrong in killing Caesar and that Caesar's death should be avenged. The use of rhetorical questions in Antony's speech causes the crowd to question whether or not what the conspirators claimed to be true. For example, when Antony asked the crowd, "I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?" (I: 24-25). This reminds the crowd that Brutus said that Caesar was ambitious. In effect, they wonder if Brutus was actually right or not. He also asked, "You loved him once, not without cause; what cause withholds you then to mourn for him?" (I: 30-31). This question reminds the crowd of how their lives were before Caesar was killed. Then, the crowd questions Brutus tricked them. Antony goes on to ask, "And being men, hearing the will of Caesar, it will inflame you, it will make you mad. 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs; for if you should, O, what will come of it?" (II: 26-27). This makes the crowd interested in what Caesar left them in his will. The way Antony speaks of it makes the crowd look bad for ever being on the side of the conspirators. Rhetorical questions are utilized in the speech and help the unjustifiable excuses of the conspirators become clear. The rhetorical appeals, logos, pathos, and ethos, used in Antony's speech, turn the crowd to the side of Caesar. An example of logos is "He hath brought many captives home to Rome." (I: 16). By saying this, Antony proves that

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