Rhetorical Analysis On Julius Caesar

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Caesar is a great leader because he cares about his subjects. During Caesar’s funeral oration, Mark Antony talks about Caesar’s care for those he rules. Antony describes Caesar as caring about everyone, not just the rich and powerful. Antony says, “ When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.” Antony explains that Caesar is compassionate and commiserates even with those who have less. In addition, Antony uses the word wept to describe Caesar’s crying while he used the less powerful word, cried to describe the poor’s crying, showing that Caesar felt more empathy for the poor than the poor did themselves. Through his speech, Antony paints an image of Caesar that shows him as a leader for all. During his funeral oration, Antony talks about …show more content…
After Caesar’s triumph, Antony offers Caesar a crown. Caesar reluctantly rejects it three times. Antony describing the event says, “ I thrice presented him a kingly crown,/ Which he did thrice refuse.” Although Caesar desperately wants the crown and the power that comes with it, he refuses it because he understands that the Roman people don’t want a king. By refusing the crown, Julius Caesar is sacrificing his own personal gain for the greater good of Rome. In his speech after Caesar’s death, Brutus says that he killed Caesar because he would rather Caesar be dead than for the Romans “ To die all slaves.” In his speech, Brutus clearly lies to justify Caesar’s death. The Roman people wouldn’t “ die all slaves” because Caesar loves Rome so much that he prioritizes it over himself, as shown when he repudiates the crown. In fact, Caesar deals with his power the best from a leadership perspective. When Caesar is dead and Octavius, Lepidus, and Antony take over, they abuse their power. For example, Antony says, “ Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine/ How to cut off some charge in legacies.” Antony tries to find out how to give less money to the Roman citizens so that he can have more than himself. Antony, taking away the Roman citizens’ rightful inheritance is exactly the opposite of what Caesar would have done and is a gross abuse of

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