Essay on William Shakespeare 's ' Julius Caesar '

1009 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
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 of Caesar, that the murdering of Julius Caesar would be for the good of Rome. Cassius makes Brutus want to join the conspiracy by saying that if Caesar becomes king, the Roman people will talk about Brutus and wonder why he allowed “Th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome as easily as a king.” (I.2.169-170). This is using pathos because it makes Brutus want to save the people of Rome, whom he loves, from someone who may destroy their city by being corrupt. Cassius uses ethos by telling Brutus a story about a time Caesar challenged him to a swimming race and Caesar was not strong enough to make it across the river. He recalls “this god did shake. His coward lips did from their color fly.”(I.2.128-129). This is using ethos because…

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