Antony. They call him the "middle man" between Brutus and Caesar, but not anymore! Antony chooses aside, and not just any side, he chooses the side of Caesar. Antony uses rhetorical devices such as red herring and assertion to get his point across with an appeal of Pathos and Ethos. The devices work together to convince the crowd that Caesar being the better and more legitimate ruler, has previously connected with the Romans in a proffessional ethical way as well as connecting with them an emotional way.
As a tragic hero, Brutus maintains noble intentions throughout the play. Grabbing at any opportune moment, Brutus desirably protects the Roman Republic from becoming corrupt and ruled by dictatorship. Cassius and other conspirators felt that Caesar’s ambition and tyrannical ruling reflects upon a dangerous outcome for future Rome. Persuaded by Cassius’s hatred of Caesar’s immediate gain in power and acknowledgement, Brutus constructs a plan for the assassination of Caesar. He greatly fears that “the people// [will] choose Caesar for their king” (I.ii.78-79).
“you all did love him once, not without cause: what cause withholds you then to mourn for him now”(citation). Here Antony depicts how the crowd once did love him but because a man has put false ideas into their heads, they turn on him. A citizen of Rome should stand for their beliefs, not the ones that are put into their heads even if it is by a powerful and honorable man. Not only does Antony show much emotion towards the subject, but so does Brutus when he speaks during his own eulogy. Here Brutus illustrates his love Rome, “not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more” (citation).
Caesar was not a strong enough leader for Rome, a booming city that was quickly accumulating knowledge and wealth. He needed to be stopped before he turned Rome into a monarchy, or even a dictatorship. Brutus did not kill Caesar out of jealousy or hatred. In fact, he considered Caesar to be a good friend of his, while Caesar returned these feelings. Despite this, Brutus was more loyal to his country, the land he calls home, and the people with whom he shares it with.
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.
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.
Besides the servants every character in some way has his power. Although the biggest argument in Julius Caesar is the change of power in the rulers of Rome, Shakespeare tries to show us many different kinds of power and the use of it. As we can see during the play, people with power use power just for their convenience. During the first part of the play, Shakespeare introduces the characters and the situations. He makes us notice how powerful everyone is.
I was working on bringing you over to the conspirator’s side. I was manipulating you so I can get my way. I was the one sending forged letters supposedly from the Roman public saying they don’t want Caesar as king to you. I did this because I knew you wouldn’t have help me killed Caesar unless you thought Rome didn’t want him to be king. I know you might be shock at this news but I was honestly doing it for the better of Rome.
Shakespeare manipulates the dramtic form in his play Julius Caesar to present conflicting perspectives srrounding the personality of Caesar in order to challenge his audiences understanding of good leadership; presenting the fallibility of political leaders. Shakespeares dramatic representation evokes his elizabethen audience to question the state of their monarcy and encourages a contemporary audueince to question their political eladers. Shakespeare presents Caesar as both an populous leader and an ambitious tyranny to illuminate the debate surrounding broader politicl issues, namely that of Republcanism and kingship. Shakespeare presents Caesar as a populous victorious leader in Act 1 Scene 1 where the common people loudly celebrate Caesars
Shakespeare uses a good range of language devices to show Macbeths shifts in power throughout the play. Techniques such as symbolism, emotive language and masculine iambic pentameter along with many others that I will be talking about were used effectively by Shakespeare. Firstly in act 1, scene 5 symbolic gesture is employed by Shakespeare to represent his plot of power shifts and the