In Mark Antony’s speech, he sways them to believe that Caesar did not deserve to die, and that the conpirators were the real enemies by using rhetorical devices like rhetorical question and apostrophe.
Both speeches were very effective in getting the point across by using all three forms of persuasive appeals: Ethos, Pathos and Logos.
It is true Marcus Brutus had a close relationship with Julius Caesar, it is also true that he cared and served for Rome.
Brutus used this credit and honor to persuade the plebeians; he said “believe me for my honour, and have respect to mine honour…” Brutus then uses both a rhetorical device and a hyperbole to over exaggerate what he believed would have happened if Caesar was not murdered.
The citizen’s began to rally together to take down the conpirators, and vowed to kill every last one of them.
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, rhetorical devices are commonly used to persuade the audience.
not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”.
Brutus uses the juxtaposition of multiple contrasting ideas to rationalize Caesar’s murder: “As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him, but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.” Brutus claims Caesar’s ambition to be the reason of the conspirator’s act of murder.
The speeches given by both Brutus and Mark Antony in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar are very persuasive to the audience that they are given to, but rhetorical devices were used in different ways in order for each to have an effect on the people of Rome.
In Brutus’s speech, he uses devices such as rhetorical question and antithesis to convince the Romans that he and the conpirators did a good deed by killing Caesar.