In ACT III, Brutus and Antony make their speeches at Caesar's funeral - what are some of the specific parts of Antony's speech that wins the crowd?
What are specific lines of speech and how would you define the line - logos, pathos, ethos - and or strong rhetoric. What are some of the words you would use to compare the two?
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Antony makes a funeral speech that moves the crowd to a murderous frenzy against the conspirators. He mentions that Caesar had left all the people in his will. Marc Antony points out that Caesar loved the people. He keeps mentioning the will.
Also, Antony mentions that Caesar loved Brutus. He states that Brutus was Caesar's angel. This moves the people against Brutus:
For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel. Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,(195) Quite vanquish'd him. Then burst his mighty heart,
Antony begins listing all of Caesar's attributes. He mentions that Caesar did weep when the poor cried. With this statement, Antony adds that ambition should be made of sterner stuff. Act 3, Scene 2 gives the details of Antony's speech. He mentions that Caesar refused to be crowned three times. In this, Antony is trying to disprove the conspirator's theory that Caesar was ambitious. His speech is quite effective:
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me; But Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man.(95) He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.(100) Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man. You all did see that, on the Lupercal, I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?(105)
Antony uses strong rhetoric to convince the people that Caesar was not ambitious. His rhetoric moves the crowd. A civil war breaks out as Antony leads a force against Brutus and the conspirators.
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