What is an example of parallelism in Brutus' speech?
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In Act III, scene ii of Julius Caesar, Brutus uses much parallelism (parallel construction: using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance.)
He begins his speech thusly:
Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.
Notice the repetition of "me" in the object placement in both clauses.
Later, he says:
Those that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here;
Those that will follow Cassius, go with him;
Notice the repetition of the "those that will" at the beginning of each clause.
Still later, he returns to the "me" as object coupled with the "that you may":
hear me for my
cause, and be silent, that you may hear: believeme
for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that
you may believe: censure me in your wisdom, and
awake your senses, that you may the better judge.
The speech builds as the level of parallelism increases.
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