Essay about A Rhetorical Analysis of Julius Caesar

644 Words May 29th, 2013 3 Pages
Smith 1
Abby Smith
Mrs. Crank
Phoenix II Pre-AP/IB/GT 2
24 February 2013
The killing of Julius Caesar was not so much an act of simple brutality as it was a significant turning point in history. The play Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare depicts various members of Roman society conspiring to and eventually killing Julius Caesar; subsequently causing chaos to spread in Rome. During their orations, Brutus and Antony employ various strategies in order to receive the crowd’s support in their respective causes.
In Brutus and Antony’s speeches both men share the strategy of swaying the crowd. In the middle of his speech, Brutus tries to quell the crowd’s anger because “as [Caesar] was valiant [he] honour him”, and because
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Brutus employs questions asked for effect, and consequently convinces the crowd that Caesar had potential for tyranny. Brutus effectively persuades the crowd because he provokes emotion by using commanding diction that plants images of persecution in the thoughts of the Roman citizens. Brutus effectively persuades the crowd to support his cause, but fails to reach the crowd as personally as Antony because he speaks superiorly to the crowd rather than a peer, as Antony does. Near the end of his speech, Antony breaks down because his heart “is in the coffin there” with Caesar, and must pause “till it comes back” to him. Antony exaggerates to heighten effect, while emphasizing his own personal loss, in order to incite pity and sympathy within the crowd. His pause gives the crowd time to think about their previous actions and rally behind Antony’s cause. Antony’s emotional appeal, as opposed to Brutus’s, is more effective because Antony shows vulnerability by exposing his raw emotion instead of preaching to the Romans like Brutus. In essence, Antony’s strategy of emotionally appealing to the Romans more effectively communicated his message that Caesar’s conspirators murdered a good leader.
Many people are faced with the tragedy of losing someone they hold dear, however most cope with their emotions in different ways. In Julius Caesar, Brutus and Antony lose a prominent figure in their lives,

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