Julius Caesar Persuasion Essay
Soon after the last breaths of one of Rome’s most popular general, Julius Caesar, Antony and Brutus were speaking in front of the people of Rome. Both cunning leaders were nimble in the art of persuasion and manipulation. The beloved leaders used the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos methods of persuasion to sway the crowd to his respective view of the actions of the night and their former general Julius Caesar. Initially the power ethos was used by Brutus to affect the crowds’ ethical standpoint on Julius Caesar.
Brutus knew the Plebeians treasured Caesar and he knew that they gave Brutus a similar level of admiration. Brutus used his veneration to make the crowd believe the conspirators were doing the appropriate thing in killing Caesar. Brutus expected the crowd to believe whatever he said because of the respect they have for him. Antony did not use Ethos as a technique to persuade the Plebeians.
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Another method of persuasion used by Brutus was Logos, or the logical method.
Brutus explained why it was only logical for Caesar to be stopped. Brutus portrayed Caesar’s death as a necessary evil. Brutus shows that he too loves Caesar, possibly more than the people, but Caesar has great potential to be a devastating tyrant. Antony uses the Logos to persuade the people as well. Antony uses the Logos method by showing the Romans Caesar’s will. The will persuades the citizens that Caesar cared very much for Rome and it’s citizens Finally the Pathos method of persuasion is used.
Brutus uses the Pathos method to manipulate the Plebeians by using rhetorical devices such as the obvious questions that he asks the people in the crowd that are clearly relatable and significant to their general, Julius Caesar. Antony uses the Pathos method to persuade the people as well. When Antony manipulated the Plebeians he showed how great Caesar was by exaggerating Caesar’s positive actions and characteristics. By doing this, Antony tries to show the Plebeians how honorable and victorious Caesar was and how much they used to adore him.
In conclusion, two of the most influential Roman leaders manipulated and persuaded their citizens by incredible speech craft. Antony and Brutus combined the powers of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos to persistently sway the crowd at Caesars funeral. In the end, Antony’s handling of the power of Pathos gave his word more weight against Brutus’, thus swaying the crowd’s heart in his favor. The conspirators were no match to the word of the King Antony.