Examining how Brutus and Mark Anthony Utilise Language to Manipulate the Audience in Act 3 Scene 2 of Julius Caesar

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Examining how Brutus and Mark Anthony Utilise Language to Manipulate the Audience in Act 3 Scene 2 of Julius Caesar

This essay will scrutinize and analyse two speeches from Julius Caesar; firstly Brutus's funeral oration and Mark Anthony's response in Act 3 Scene 2. Brutus as a conspirator against Caesar addresses the audience to justify himself along with his other conspirator's actions whilst Mark Anthony speaks in Caesar's defence and Brutus prosecution. This essay will explore how each character uses rhetorical devices to appeal to the audience.

Brutus uses rhetorical questions throughout his oration to the plebeians in Act 3 Scene 2. He uses this in order to create a sense of support for
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By purposely not using murdered in place of slain, he creates an effect on the audience to believe that the killing of Caesar wasn't brutal and that it was for a good cause. The audience cherish Rome, so Brutus clarifies that Rome is more important than Caesar. Brutus persuades the audience by speaking for the good of Rome. His repetition of the personal pronoun of 'I' shows that he is once again distancing himself from the blame. Brutus uses this third person narrative of himself effectively in order to convince the crowd that even if he wasn't Brutus, the loyal and trustworthy friend of Caesar, he would of still murdered Caesar. His announcement of that he will slay himself in order to please Rome, reinforces his love for Rome and this creates and effect on the people to show that he is still a noble roman.

Throughout Brutus' funeral oration the audience and the reader notice a structure and logic of themes. The structure has assisted his oration to manipulate the audience in to believing his defence and ideas. For instance 'Here comes his body mourned by Mark Anthony: who though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth'. Here Brutus is suggesting that the murder of Caesar has resulted beneficial for those who have no role in the murder. Moreover, Brutus provides a logical justification for his and
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