Julius Caesar

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The speeches given in Act III of the play Julius Caesar became a very important part of this remarkable play. These speeches are very important because they show the remarkable job that Shakespeare did in writing and using rhetoric devices, such as, logos, pathos, ethos, parallelism, repetition, rhetorical questions, and sarcasm to persuade the people of Rome. The powerful rhetoric used in both of the speech are used to convey the people of Rome to take either Brutus's or Antony's side. Brutus's argument in his speech is to try to convince the people of Rome that Caesar needed to be killed because he was ambitious. He uses emotional appeal and rhetorical questions to stir up the Roman people. "Romans, country men, lovers", is the beginning of Brutus’s speech, where he uses ethos to convey a sense of equality in the crowd. He then continues and says "If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his", Brutus is using pathos or an emotional appeal here, especially when he uses the word "loved". He does this to get an emotional connection going with the plebeians. Brutus proceeds with his speech and later starts using not only pathos but parallelism as well, "Not that I loved Caesar less, but that i loved Rome more", would be a great example to show this. Here Brutus is trying to show the plebeians that he is loyal to his country and does what is best for the general good even if that meant that Caesar’s death. Brutus also uses rhetorical question. The rhetorical questions used by Brutus such as “If any, speak; for him have I offended .Who is here so rude that would not be Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile that will not love his country?” are used to stir up the crowd and make them think. He uses parallelism here as well to get his point across effectively. The rhetorical questions are not meant to be answered and...
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