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Rhetoric in Julius Caesar

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Caroline Shimeall

on 10 February 2013

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Transcript of Rhetoric in Julius Caesar

Rhetoric in Julius Caesar May the better speaker win! "Romans, countrymen, and lovers" Antony Brutus "As Caesar lov'd me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him." "Friends, Romans, countrymen" " I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, but here I am to speak what I do know" "For Brutus is an honorable man, So are they all, all honorable men" Brutus begins with a rhetorical device known as a tricolon.
A tricolon is a phrase or statement of three balanced parts. This works because:
It builds toward a climactic, third element;
Three inspires us to clap, cheer, or sing.
Examples include:
Red, white, and blue
Liberte, egalite, fraternite
"My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you've bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors." "Not that I lov'd Caesar less, but that I lov'd Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all freemen?" Brutus uses antithesis (2 times).
He also uses a rhetorical question: a question that assumes the answer is known, asked for dramatic effect in order to make a claim. Brutus uses Anaphora: the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses. Antony also begins with a tricolon.
However, he omits one word--which is it?
Asyndeton: leaving out the connective conjunction.
Antony also escalates the text as he increases the syllables in each word. This increasing rhythm carries listeners along. Antony uses antithesis: the pairing of opposite or contrasting of two different statements. Antony uses antistrophe: repetition of the same word or phrase at the end of successive clauses. Round #1 winner: Antony! Winner of round 2: Brutus! "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man" Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, And sure he is an honorable man" Antony also uses other rhetorical devices in these same phrases.
Paralepsis: the mention of something to emphasize its lack of importance, all the while emphasizing its importance.
Tapinosis: Repeated language used to deman or disgrace someone or something.
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