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brutus's speech 4

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Rhetoric
in Brutus and Antony’s
funeral speeches
Act 3, Scene 2, Julius Caesar
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The play is about
the assassination
of Julius Caesar.
A textbook on rhetoric
Rhetoric:
the art of persuasion
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ethical
appeal
emotional
appeal
Pathos
Ethos
the speaker’s
credibility
and authority
Logos
logical
appeal
antithesis
anaphora
parallelism
Rhetorical
Devices
repetition
irony
rhetorical
question
The purpose of Brutus’s speech:
to justify Caesar’s murder
Be patient till the last.
hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may
hear: believe me for
,
and have respect to
that you may believe: censure me in your
and awake your
,
judge
that you may the better
.
If there be any in this assembly,
any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say, that
.
If then that friend demand why Brutus
rose against Caesar, this is my answer:
--
rhetorical
question
parallel
structure
Caesar were
that Caesar were
and
,
, to live
?
loved me, weep for him;
was fortunate, rejoice at it;
was valiant,
was
him:
,
slew him.
repetition
There is tears for his love;
joy for his fortune;
honour for his valour;
and death for his ambition.
repetition
parallel
here so base that would be a bondman?
, speak; for him have I offended.
here so rude that would not be a Roman?
,, speak; for him have I offended.
here so vile that will not love his country?
anaphora/
repetition
, , speak; for him have I offended.
I pause for a reply.
dramatic pause
pathos
emotion
patriotism
rhetorical
questions
Then none have I offended.
recorded
The question of his death
is
in the Capitol;
his glory not
,
he was worthy,
for which
nor his offences
for which he suffered death.
dramatic irony
understated
exaggerated
Here comes his body,
mourned by Mark Antony:
not
involved
who, though he had no
hand in his death, shall
receive the benefit of his
dying, a place in the
commonwealth;
With this I depart,-that, as
All
Live, Brutus! live, live!
First Citizen
Bring him with triumph home unto his house.
Second Citizen
Give him a statue with his ancestors.
Third Citizen
Let him be Caesar.
Fourth Citizen
Caesar's better parts
Shall be crown'd in Brutus.
Questions
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What could be the flaws in Brutus’s speech?
If you were Mark Antony, what would you say to outdo
Brutus’s speech and turn the crowd against him?
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