Rhetorical Analysis Of Mark Antony 's ' The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar '

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A powerful speech can easily affect a person’s perspective on subjects that matter to them. Mark Antony from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar delivers a very powerful and emotional speech to change the plebeians’ views on Brutus and the conspirators’ crime against Julius Caesar. Antony delivers a more convincing speech than Brutus, because not only he uses pathos to evoke emotions, he also uses effective ethos and logos to convey his message. Brutus, on the other hand, tries to appeal to Romans by giving ineffective reason and logic with unsatisfactorily emotions. Almost immediately after Antony’s speech is delivered, the Plebeians start to turn against the conspirators for the killing of Julius Caesar. Brutus prepared his speech with mostly logics and reasons. To establish his credibility with ethos, he speaks in the people’s language, instead of speaking in blank verse, “Romans, countrymen, and lovers! Hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear: believe me” (III.ii.14-15), to show how much he appreciate his role in Rome and its people. He again tries to build his credibility by saying that he is a friend of Caesar, “to him I say, that Brutus ' love to Caesar was no less than his” (III.ii.20-21), he is saying that he loved Caesar as much as any person in the audience right in front of him, but he had to kill him to protect Rome against his ambitions. At the same time, he is trying to appeal to Romans’ emotions with pathos by saying how they were friends and how…

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