Rhetorical Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Julius Caesar '

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In William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” Mark Antony unleashes a powerful speech during Caesar’s funeral, aiming to persuade the people of Rome that Brutus was fallacious to kill Caesar and that they should avenge his death. In Antony’s oration, he argues his case against Brutus by using the rhetorical strategies of Ethos, Pathos and Logos to manipulate his audience to be on his side, rather than Brutus’s side. These three persuasion tools allow his audience to connect with him and he is able to effectively argue his case against than Brutus. Antony’s first priority is to establish ethos in his speech. Since Brutus is a friend of the powerful Caesar, Antony must transcend his credibility and prove to the Romans that he cares for them. Mark Antony begins his speech by addressing his audience. He states, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” (Shakespeare, 10). The fact that Antony even has the ability to orate the funeral of the great Caesar’s death shows that Antony must be an individual of high stature. Antony respectfully acknowledges the people of Rome as a trustworthy figure head. By addressing his audience as “friends” he implies a sense of togetherness. In reality Antony is in a superior position in the social hierarchy, but by down playing his status in society he is able to spark a connection with the commoners. This establishes the element of trust, since the audience now knows that Antony is not seeking any personal gain and is…

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