Theme Of Pathos In Julius Caesar

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In the play, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare uses persuasion to explain that human nature is self-serving and viewpoints can be swayed easily. Throughout the storyline characters are torn between right and wrong, especially when it comes to the murder of Julius Caesar. They use the persuasion techniques logos, pathos and ethos to swing the options of others. Logos is the use of logic and reason, pathos is the emotional appeal and lastly, ethos is the ethical appeal that shows credibility or character.

In act one the lead conspirator, Caius Cassius, who was a senator of Rome believed that Caesar would become a dictator in Rome and must be stopped. He used pathos, logos and ethos to convince Brutus, a fellow senator and beloved friend
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He started off using pathos by saying, “not that i loved Caesar less but that i loved Rome more.”(III.2.23-24). This wins over the crowd because it shows that because he loves them he was protecting them. He then uses logos by asking “who here is so rude that they not be a Roman?”(III.2.32-33). This is using the logic that everyone in the crowd is a proud Roman and if they are all proud Romans than they should rather have Caesar dead than alive. After Brutus’ speech the crowd supports his decision, they believe Caesar was corrupt and he had to die. Next Marc Antony, Julius Caesar’s right hand man, stepped up to talk. In his speech he used pathos to pull at the crowd’s emotions and logos to remind them why they loved Caesar. “He was my friend, faithful and just to me.” Antony says, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome… When the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.” (III.2.94,97,100). Antony’s use of pathos, saying how good of a friend Caesar was and how much he cared for his people, and logos, recalling the times he saved prisoners and brought them home, sways the idea that killing Caesar was actually for the good of Rome. Now the view is that the murder was for the good of Brutus and the other senators so they can have more

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