Julius Caesar is a play deeply concerned with the idea of the art of persuasion. The play is driven by persuasion. Cassius convinces Brutus that Caesar must die, setting the story in motion. The resolution of the plot is decided by Antony's speech to the plebeians. Shakespeare sees rhetoric as one of the most powerful forces in the world. The play, Julius Caesar, examines what gives rhetoric its power by pitting Brutus's speech against Mark Antony's. Shakespeare shows Antony's rhetoric to be superior by the effect he has on the plebeians. Such as in Act III of Julius Caesar, Anthony uses ethos & logos rhetoric appeals to revoke the crowds attention. There are many people in the play Julius Caesar that use persuasive rhetoric. One person in particular is Mark Antony. He persuades Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Decius, Mellelus, Trebonius & Cinna that he`s their friend. He does this on many occasions. One time is when he says “I do not doubt your wisdom. / Let me shake everyone by his bloody hand. / Now, Decius Brutus, yours. / Now yours Metellus. Yours, Cinna. And my valiant Casca yours. / And last but not least in love, yours, good Trebonius. / Gentlemen all- alas, in what can I say?” (Shakespeare, III I 185-200). The reason he does this is so that they think he`s their friend, even though he despises them because they killed Julius. It`s just like that saying “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”. He has to make them think that he`s their friend so that when the time comes he can seek revenge. Another occasion when he use persuasive rhetoric is when Cassius wants to know if he`s really their friend; so he says “That was why I shook your hands-but I was distracted by looking down on Caesar. I`m friends with you all, and I love you all: hoping that you will give me reasons why, and in what ways, Caesar was dangerous.” (III.I.218-222). I think there are and aren`t risks when using persuasion. There are risks when you’re trying to persuade...
Cited: Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. New York: Pocket Books, 1992. Print.
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