Pathos Logo Essay

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In Julius Caesar, Brutus and Antony deliver two speeches. They both deliver the speeches using three simple strategies, called ethos, pathos, and logos. Though both used these methods, but Mark Antony's speech ended up above Brutus's speech. Ethos, pathos, and logos are rhetorical appeals promoted by Aristotle. Ethos or the ethical appeal, means to convince an audience of the author’s credibility or character. Pathos or the emotional appeal, means to persuade an audience by appealing to their emotions. Lastly, logos or the appeal to logic, means to convince an audience by use of logic or reason. As Antony and Brutus talked to the Romans, they used these strategies to their advantage. 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. In saying this, he gets people’s attention. Both start off with trying to get their credibility first, Antony wins in doing a better job because he worked harder in trying to get it. Pathos, the emotional appeal, is used most in both their speeches. Brutus asked rhetorical questions to try and stir up emotion in the crowd, “who is here so rude would not be a Roman?” (Act 3, Scene 2; 29) In asking these questions he knows people will begin to think about what he has to say. Antony also uses a great deal of emotion in his speech. He
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