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Julius Caesar Essay

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When people get their way with others, they do it with words; they want others to agree with their point of view, give them what they want, or do what they ask. Such victims unknowingly make choices based on emotional appeals, logical tricks and sometimes ethical appeals. That allows the manipulator to control their thinking and behavior, setting them up to be used for someone else's interests. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (JC) by the well known scriptwriter William Shakespeare, Antony, Caesar's apprentice, takes the citizens of Rome back in time to make them remember what Caesar has done for them and Rome. In history, Nelson Mandela stood up for his people to end apartheid in ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, Antony uses ethos when he is about to deliver his speech and makes the "Romans [] lend [him their] ears" (JC.3.2.73). This quote shows that Mark Antony is trying to get in to the Roman crowd’s hearts with his status as a trustworthy man. He uses rhetorical irony throughout the speech constantly questioning the ethos of Brutus too. Brutus is considered very honorable by the Romans, and basically anything that came out of his mouth had to be correct. That's why Mark Antony targets the questionable character of Brutus several times by considering Brutus is an "honorable man” (JC3.2.121). Antony then sums his speech up by not trying "to disprove what Brutus spoke” (JC.3.2.99). This quote once again outlines the irony used by Antony and this is where the trustworthy character of Mark Antony persuades the crowd to turn on with his powerful words. The crowd turns on without Antony actually saying that what the conspirators did was the wrong thing. To continue, Pathos is the another element that Marc Antony uses cleverly. Caesar "[is Antony's] friend" very "faithful [] just to [him]" (JC.3.2.84). The quote portrays that Caesar is a man who is trustworthy and unjust to kill. As usual Antony implies this discreetly, by using the word ‘just’. Antony then points out the stabs in Caesar, he points out stabs of Casca and Cassius, not bringing much attention to them. Then he brings attention to Brutus’s stab which is " the most unkindest cut of them all" (JC.3.2.78). He then gets angry himself, and so does the crowd. Antony then sums his point up by the rhetorical irony, by calling them 'honorable' once again for the work these conspirators have done. Antony has good word choice so the citizens would not revolt against the conspirators. Also at the same time he is making his reputation increase by manipulating the audience back towards his side after Brutus's speech through the use of the literary elements ethos, pathos, and logos and using powerful words. Not only is Antony in Julius Caesar skilled at manipulating the citizens of Rome through powerful words, but in recent history the South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela too was skilled at manipulating his citizens in South Africa.
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