September 6, 2013
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” We all love Caesar but some of us take it to a different extinct. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar was assassinated by Caius Brutus and others but spoke at Caesar’s funeral as well as Mark Antony. Speeches in general are to express ones thoughts and feelings. Brutus’ speech at Caesar’s funeral express what he had felt about killing Caesar and why he thinks it is right. On the other hand, Antony’s speech was sincere and on his thoughts as to why Brutus would kill Caesar. In their speeches, they used rhetorical devices, diction, and affect their audience. Brutus and Antony both used significant amount of rhetorical devices in their speeches. In Brutus’ speech, he used pathos when he said, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” This is pathos because he expressed his love for both Rome and Caesar. Brutus also used repetition in his speech as he repeated, “If any speak; for him have I offended.” In Antony’s speech, he as well used repetition when he said, “Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man.” Additionally, Antony used understatement in his speech; “My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me.” Understatement is when you over exaggerate anything. Lastly, Antony uses pathos in his speech; “O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts.” Antony was angry when they assassinate Caesar and there wasn’t a valid explanation to why they killed him. Using rhetorical devices in their speeches, it helps the audience to have an emotional understanding towards both Brutus and Antony and their loss of a great friend and leader. Subsequently, Brutus and Antony used prominent and formidable diction in their speeches. In Brutus speech, he used words such as; censure, slew, and valour. Brutus used such words so that everyone would know that he is...
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