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Julius Caeser

Zachary Archer

on 22 February 2011

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Transcript of ACT III SCENE II

Shakespeare's Julius Caeser Act III Scene II PLOT LOGOS PATHOS ETHOS ANAPHORA Mark Antony's speech was full of rhetorical devices. The most used rhetorical device was logos. He appealed to logic and reason to persuade the crowd that the fall of Caesar was not justified. Most all he says is logos even if it falls into pathos or ethos because even though he is appealing to emotion and authority, it is another logical example of why Caesar was not ambitious. "I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and sure he is an honourable man." "When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept." "He was my friend, faithful and just to me.
But Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honourable man." THEMES Antony Brutus "...for him have I offended" "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; and Brutus is an honourable man." It is okay to do something bad if it is for the greater good. Ambition is not always a good thing In the beginning, the people of Rome are demanding answers from the conspiricy. Brutus gives a speech about the why the conspiracy killed Caesar in which he says, "It is not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." The plebians are swayed by the speech of Brutus and support the assassination. Antony steps into the pulpit and tells the audience that he is here to honor Caesar. Through his constant use of rhetorical devices on the plebians, he convinces them to avenge the death of Caesar. One example he used to disprove Brutus was Caesar's will. In Caesars will, each Roman was awarded 75 Drachmas, land, and the private orchards of Caesar. "Not that I love Caesar less, but I loved Rome more" The plebians have been roused to mutiny against the mutiny as Antony had planned and force Brutus and Cassius out of Rome. Men must take power from the corrupt at all costs. There is always a right/wrong in an ethical situation. "He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffer fill. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?" "Oh judgement! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason, bear with me; my heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me." "Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!" "'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs." Appeal to curiosity and desire. "Great Caesar fell. Oh, what a fall was there my countrymen! Then I, and you and all of us fell down." This is pathos and ethos because he is using the authority of Caesar to unify the people and show them Caesar was a great leader. It is pathos because it also appeals to an overwhelming sadness that the great leader had fallen at the hands of traitors. The orginal forgiving of the murder of Caesar just because he was ambitious. Brutus's speech at the beginning explaining Caesar was corrupt because of his ambition. "Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more." "Had you rather Caesar was living and die all slaves than that Caesar were dead and die all free men?" Brutus believes he is right in killing Caesar because it was for the greater good. It was going to end in the death of Brutus or the support of Brutus if he was right or wrong, there was no inbetween. Obviously murder is an ethical situation.
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