Theme Of Pathos In Antony's Speech

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In order to avenge Caesar, Mark Antony turns a shocked, confused crowd of mourners into an angry mob of rioters by using persuasive techniques. The main component of Antony’s speech, Pathos, appealed to the commoners by striking an emotional spot inside them, trying to turn the fickle crowd against Brutus. Antony displayed the persuasive technique of Pathos by repeating words, showing them Caesar’s body, and presenting Caesar’s will.
In the beginning of Antony’s speech, he spoke of Brutus as an honorable man, but in this case he repeated the word, making the connotation of honorable negative. For example, Brutus states, “For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men” (3.2). In other words, Antony tried to say that
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The word honorable is repeated all throughout Antony’s speech which, eventually, changes the thoughts of the crowd. In this case, Pathos is shown because Antony put in the minds of the crowd that Brutus is not one to trust and not honorable, making the fickle crowd angry at Brutus for his actions. In addition, Antony also repeated the word ambitious, in order to defend Caesar. As a matter of fact, Antony states “Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.”/ “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious” (3.2). The purpose of Antony announcing this was to make the crowd think, if Caesar spent his time crying for the poor, wouldn’t he not be ambitious. If he were ambitious, he would have been tough and would have suppressed his emotion towards the poor. As a result, this …show more content…
In the first place, Antony states, “You will compel me, than, to read the will” (3.2)? Similarly, Antony wanted to trick the crowd into keeping him longer. In other words, Antony planned to mention to the crowd that he had Caesar’s will, but would then subtly put it away. Once Antony had changed the subject, he would use the persuasive technique of Pathos and change their emotions to cause the crowd to feel eager about hearing what Caesar had left them all in his will. Another key point was when Antony said, “Alas, you know not: I must tell you then: You have forgot the will I told you of” (3.2). To explain, Antony finally returned to the topic of the will. The only reason he got off the topic was so that he had time to talk about the conspirators in a negative way. This quote shows how in the next couple lines, Antony will read Caesar’s will to the crowd, saying that they have gained seventy five drachmas and Caesar’s private arbors. The persuasive technique of Pathos was used here as well because this shows that Caesar considered the people of Rome family, which made them very emotional and excited because being family with Caesar meant so much to them. By showing the common people of Rome Caesar’s will, Antony created a whirlwind of emotions throughout the

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