How Does Rhetorical Devices Used In Mark Antony's Speech

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In act three, scene two of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Mark Antony addresses the plebeians and they want to know why Caesar is killed. Antony 's response to Caesar’s death is critical and he grieves over his death. He could not believe that his own friends had killed Caesar. After finding out about his death, Antony gives a speech the funeral. Antony goes along with the conspiracy so that he would not be killed as Caesar was. Brutus gives a speech to the people to explain his excuse for murdering Caesar. He uses logic to convince them it was the right action to take. People use their minds to think things over and make decisions, but sometimes emotions get the best of a person. In the opening section of Antony’s speech he gets the …show more content…
Antony uses rhetorical devices and conveys to the plebeian’s emotions to get them thinking and on his side. Antony changes the people of Rome view of Caesar being a tyrant to a hero and big-hearted ruler, who was accused of wrongdoing. Through the use of repetition of key words in contexts that reverse their meaning, through phrasing that suggests that Brutus is wrong and through theatrical gestures, Mark Antony sways the crowd to his position.
Antony cleverly repeats key words, using them to suggest the opposite of their actual meanings. The words “honorable” and “noble” initially show approval of Brutus, but result in his condemnation. Antony mentions the will and says he has said too much and he “I fear I wrong the honorable men, Whose daggers have stabbed Caesar. I do fear it.” If Brutus is honorable than why is Antony afraid. He repeats “honorable” to accentuate Brutus’s honorability and make the people of Rome question it. He points out Brutus kills Caesar. He gets Brutus’s permission to speak at the funeral, “For Brutus is an honorable man; So are they all, all honorable men”. Every time he uses “honorable”, he describes an honorable trait of Caesar that contradicts Brutus accusation. Also if he
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Antony uses rhetorical questions that imply a negative answer. Antony lists Caesars’s virtues, then says "Did this in Caesar seems ambitious?". He questions them to lead the people of Rome to believe not it. By listing all the righteous deeds Caesar does, he builds credibility for Caesar. That credibility disproves Brutus’s statements about Caesar. Caesar was offered the crown 3 times, “Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?”. Caesar rejects the power that comes with the crown, so there is no way he was or wanted to be a tyrant. Everyone loved Caesar before, “What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?”. No one has reasons to not feel bad for him. He has helped the poor and did not want the power, which was given to him. He has not done harm to anyone, this invalidates claims made about Caesar. He uses conjunctions that signal the opposite meaning. He says he is not here to disprove Brutus “But here I am to speak what I do know.” All the people only know what Brutus told them, but Antony knows the whole truth. Therefore, Brutus is lying or hiding a truth. He is not an eloquent public speaker “But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man”. He is not here to persuade the people against Brutus and he is a normal person just like the rest of them, but in reality, he is better than him and trying to get the people against Brutus. He does not want to be the cause of mutiny, “But here’s a parchment with the seal of

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