Julius Caesar And Brutus Speech Analysis

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In William Shakespeare's play the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, two speeches are given to the people of Rome about Caesar’s death. Brutus and Antony both try to sway the minds of the Romans towards their views. Brutus tried to make the people of Rome believe he killed Caesar for a noble cause. Antony tried to persuade the people that the conspirators committed an act of brutality toward Caesar and were traitors. The effectiveness and ineffectiveness of both Antonys and Brutus’s speech to the people are conveyed through the tone and literary and rhetorical devices throughout the speeches. During Brutus’s speech he is effective in persuading the people by using the literacy devices such as rhetorical questions, faulty reasoning, and finally loaded …show more content…
He does this by saying “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead to live all freemen?”(Shakespeare 44). In this case Brutus’ goal was trying to get emotion out of the romans by making them think that Caesar being dead is allowing them to be freemen whereas otherwise him being alive would cause them all to be slaves. This is allowing them to think that Caesar’s death was overall a positive thing. Secondly Brutus uses the literary device of faulty reasoning. Though out the whole speech Brutus uses the word “ambitious” to describe Caesar, but never gives any evidence as to how he is ambitious. Instead of providing evidence “Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor, that you may believe” Brutus just accepts him to trust him.(Shakespeare 42). In this part of the speech, Brutus was able to his manipulative tone to start persuading the Roman people towards his side. Lastly, Brutus uses one more literary device, loaded words. By adding words like “slave” and “death” into …show more content…
The purpose of Antonys' was to manipulate the emotion of the people. Antony says, "My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me"( Shakespeare 44). His pause creates a manipulative tone because he gives the people time to think and react to what he previously said. Another rhetorical device Antony uses is apostrophe, which is when you talk to something that is not present. An inflammatory tone is created when Antony says, "O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts"(Shakespeare 44). Antony speaks of judgment as if it is was a person and can hear him. The inflammatory tone evokes the emotions of the people, which makes them rethink their thoughts about Brutus. Antony also uses verbal irony to manipulate the people. Near the beginning of his speech, Antony says, "For Brutus is an honorable man; So are they all, all honorable men"(Shakespeare 44). A manipulative tone is created because Antony is again trying to get the people to rethink their emotions about Caesars' death. Antony gives a manipulative and inflammatory tone by using dramatic pause, personification, and verbal

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