Rhetorical Analysis Of Mark Antony's Speech

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The speech delivered by Mark Antony in the second scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a controversial, thought provoking statement. At this point in the play, Caesar has been killed by Brutus, Cassius, and the other conspirators. They worried that he would eventually become too powerful, and that his complete rule of Rome would be its downfall. Antony, who loved Caesar, has been allowed to address the people of Rome and speak about who Caesar was and what he represented. Throughout his speech, Antony uses the rhetorical strategies of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos to convince the audience that he is right and his opponents are wrong. Mark Antony delivers a speech to the people of Rome, in memoriam of Caesar. He originally told Brutus and the others that he would not attempt to make them look bad, or turn the people of Rome against them. However, his actual intentions are exactly that. He begins his speech by stating, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him” (III.ii.71). His audience of Roman commoners understands his message exactly as he wanted them to. They speak of things Caesar did, backing up what Antony had mentioned with hard evidence. They are completely receptive and agreeable to Antony’s statements. In the first part of Antony’s speech, he begins speaking about his thoughts on who Caesar was, as well as who the conspirators are as people. He then goes on speaking about what Brutus had mentioned when he told the commoners why Caesar had to die.
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