Provide a detailed analysis of the power of rhetoric in the play Julius Caesar and provide quotes.
Clearly, the power of rhetoric in Julius Caesar is best demonstrated by Mark Antony's celebrated speech in III.ii. This provides a stark contrast with Brutus's shorter, simpler speech which precedes it. Brutus still makes use of rhetoric but is simpler and more direct, appealing to patriotism first and personal feeling second (his opening "Romans, countrymen, and lovers" is inverted in Antony's "Friends, Romans, Countrymen."). His message is summed up in the phrase: Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved
Rome more." He does make extensive use of juxtaposition and of rhetorical questions, which he pretends are not rhetorical and couches in highly emotive language:
Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile that will not love...
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