Persuasion In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Persuasion is when a character is able to convince someone else to help them or to prove someone wrong. Everyday we use some form of persuasion even if it is to win an argument. The power of persuasion could lead to a tragedy, destruction of an entire city or it can bring happiness to people. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus and Cassius kill the most powerful man in Rome and thus bringing the downfall to Rome and to their own lives. In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Marc Antony has the most powerful persuasion skills because he is able to convince people by using rhetorical techniques and stronger emotions than anyone else.
Antony is the best speaker in the play because he is able to use LOGOS to convince the citizens of Rome that Caesar was not ambitious. When Antony speaks to the Roman crowd he makes valid points in why Caesar was a great man and not ambitious, Antony states, “I thrice presented him with a kingly crown,/Which he did thrice refuse. Was this
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Antony has just begun his speech to the public and begins to talk about Caesar and the conspirators in which, Antony states, “For Brutus is an honorable man;/So are they all, all honorable men”(3.2.91-92). Brutus is a honest man. So are all the conspirators honest men. Even though Antony is using the word “honorable” to explain the conspirators he is really demeaning the word. In his speech he slowly degrading the use of the word and eventually insulting Brutus and Cassius. Everytime Antony makes a point he says that the conspirators were honorable men. Antony is downgrading them and making Brutus and Cassius seem like villains more than heros. The use of Tapinosis in Antony’s speech is a powerful use of rhetoric. Antony was able to undignify the conspirators by secretly insulting

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