Rhetorical Strategies In Antony's Eulogy In Julius Caesar

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Register to read the introduction… Logos is an act of persuasion by the use of reasoning using deductive and inductive reasoning. As his speech develops, Antony begins to plant the seed of doubt and anger in the plebeians’ hearts towards the conspirators. Antony also told the commoners, "the noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious.” He also told the plebeians Caesars death “was a grievous fault, and grievously hath Caesar answered it.” Yet that all the conspirators ”are honorable men" (3.2.84-91) Here, very wisely, Antony is telling the plebeians that Brutus's is an honorable, and noble man, thus may excuse his wrongful act when killing Caesar. These contradicting statements "Brutus an honorable man/killing Caesar was wrongful," already begin to create confusion and distrust about the conspirators. Once he had aroused this feeling of doubt in the plebeians, Antony was able to continue with his argument with much more strength and confidence. These examples show verification of logos in Antony’s speech. He uses reasoning and support for each statement he makes, creating a logos appeal toward the commoners. "Through this the will-beloved Brutus stabbed, and as he plucked his cursed steel away, mark how the blood of Caesar followed it" (3.2.177-179) The form in which Antony exhibits the mantle which covered the dead body of Caesar, and explains to the commoners the way in which he was recklessly and …show more content…
Antony's plans were working to maximum excellence. The crowd was torn, angry, and believing each and every word the noble Antony spoke. “I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, but here I am to speak of what I do know.” ( ) Antony wants the people to know that he is only trying to show them his thoughts. He wants the commoners to believe he is not trying to challenge what the noble Brutus has put forth on Caesar but merely to explain to them why Caesar was a good man. Antony is also showing the plebeians that he is the authority and is worthy of their respect and wishes them to listen to what he has to say to them. “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” (3.2.80-84) As stated before, this opening statement by Antony has a great effect on the people appealing to pathos. However, it is appealing to ethos as well. For example, Antony needs to get the respect of the people to effectively influence the people. He tries to relate to them and appears sincere. He does this by allowing the plebeians to believe he is not there to hand out false praise just because Caesar is dead. Antony wants them to assume he only desires to set things straight regarding the honorable Caesar and put him to rest at last. Another point extremely important in Antony's eulogy was persuading the crowd to view Caesar as the most honorable man in

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