Persuasion Julius Caesar

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The qualities that make humans different from other species are collectively called human nature. Part of human nature is how individuals see themselves and others. Shakespeare uses human nature in many of his plays, including Julius Caesar, which has many examples of persuasion. He shows that how humans perceive themselves allows them to be persuaded or persuasive. The way Brutus feels about himself, and how he acts, is what allows Cassius, and later Brutus himself, to convince him to assassinate Caesar. Later, after the death of Caesar, both Brutus and Antony try to convince the crowd of Romans to join them, using different forms of rhetoric. There are many other smaller instances of persuasion, most of which include Caesar, Brutus, or Antony.…show more content…
One example in Act 4, is when Antony and Octavius talk about Lepidus. Antony attempts to convince Octavius that Lepidus is not fit to rule with them, since he is not as smart as them. When Octavius says he is a good soldier, Antony replies by comparing him to a horse, saying “So is my horse, Octavius… It is a creature that I teach to fight” (4.1.33/35). This is Antony’s way of saying, while is is a good soldier he cannot lead, since he needs orders. Antony sees himself and Octavius as future rulers, but only sees Lepidus as a tool. This is because he is not smart enough to do anything other than follow orders. Comparing him to a horse is what convinces Octavius of the same thing. Another instance is when Caesar is convinced to go to the senate by Decius, after having already been convinced to stay home by his wife. This only works since Caesar sees himself as an important senator of Rome. Decius also knows that he must convince Caesar to go, since it is the day of the assassination. Decius uses Caesar's ambition saying the senate was going to make him king today, and if he does not come they will not make him king. Had Caesar been less ambitious he might not have gone, but since Decius knew his audience Caesar is convinced. Caesar also may not have believed Decius, had he not thought of himself as being worthy to rule. A last example is when Brutus and Cassius discuss killing Antony. Since Brutus believes that all of the conspirators are doing this for the good of Rome that is what is speech caters to. In reality, Brutus is the only one doing this with noble intentions. He talks about how what they are doing is for the good of Rome, and that killing Antony would be too bloody and they would look like murderers. He says “We shall be called purgers, not murderers” (2.1.193). What Brutus does not know is that the rest of the conspirators
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