Persuasion Logos In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Throughout Shakespeare 's “Julius Caesar” there are many obstacles coming about Caesar’s death, including Antony and Brutus’ speeches at Caesar’s funeral. They both came about explaining his ambition in different ways and what he meant to them and the people of Rome by persuading the crowd to believe one over the other. Caesar claimed to have an ambition. But did he really? Through the modes of persuasion logos, ethos, and pathos this essay is going to explain which character used these terms better than the other, to try and persuade the people of Rome about Caesar’s ambitions.
To start off, logos is a form of persuasion, it means to appeal to logic and reason of a person or a group of people. It is used to persuade a group of people by fact
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It means to convince an audience of the reliable character or credibility of the speaker or writer, or the credibility of the argument. The quote: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” 3.2.72. By Antony starting his speech like this he is showing the people of Rome he is one of them. Brutus starts off his speech just like Antony hoping he can get their attention. The quote: “Romans, countrymen, and lovers!” 3.2.14-16. Brutus is demonstrating that he is one of them. This helps establish credibility, Brutus tries to defend his thought on killing Caesar to protect the people of Rome by appealing to the sense of Roman values. Although they both start their speeches out the exact same way, Antony once again was the most persuasive character in the particular mode of persuasion, because if the audience continues to read the speech they will start to notice that he is gaining authority over the people of Rome in a good way. Therefore Brutus killed Caesar because of what he thought of him in the past which he thought he was a bad …show more content…
But this mode of persuasion is unique compared to the others, pathos means to appeal to the audience 's emotions. Pathos is the way of creating a persuasive argument by evoking an emotional response in the audience or reader. The quote: “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.” 3.2.90. In other words: “Whenever the poor have cried, Caesar has wept.”3.2.16. When Antony says this he is trying to build up Caesar 's character. He is explaining the compassion for the people, and how Caesar does not see himself any better than the people when they are sad. The quote: “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” 3.2.21-22. In translation: “Not because I cared for Caesar less, but because I cared for Rome more.” 3.2.22-23. When Brutus says this it makes the crowd feel patriotism and it shows that Brutus is loyal and puts his country first before his friends. When the audience thinks about appealing to emotions Antony is the character that shows persuasion in the mode of pathos in a positive way. Antony explains that Caesar is not better than any noble, but Brutus disagrees completely and makes the crowd feel angry toward Caesar for the things that he could have done if he stayed alive. Therefore, Antony appeals to the crowds emotions more than Brutus did because the crowd now sees that Caesar was not a bad person as Brutus has been

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