Cassius Rhetoric Essay

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In Ancient Rome, a man by the name of Julius Caesar is rising to power. Cassius, a conspirator against Ceasar, does not believe that this shall happen. In the story “Julius Caesar” written by William Shakespeare, Cassius in act one, scene two, Cassius is attempting to persuade Brutus that Caesar is a weak man who is no better than Brutus. Cassius describes Caesar using ethos and dark ethos so that he can access Brutus’s pride and cause Brutus to feel that he is a great man and that Caesar does not deserve this power.
Cassius is trying to create the downfall of Caesar. He is trying to persuade Brutus because he is Caesar’s best friend as well as Cassus’s. Therefore because he trusts ...view middle of the document...

In lines 90-131 Cassius’s strategy was to show that Caesar was weaker than Brutus. He did so by using the ad hominem fallacy. He called Caesar weak, declared he was a “coward” and a “sick girl” and many other insults(121 & 129). He also says that this man is the one that will soon be ruling Rome. He did this so that Brutus would think as Cassius does of Caesar, which is that this needs to be stopped. These insults however, do nothing as Brutus performs a red herring and points the subject to the shouts for Caesars new honors. When Brutus finishes Cassius however continues his persuasion.
Romm states, “Rhetoric can manipulate, misdirect and mislead” (145).In lines 135-178 Cassius instead of saying that Caesar is weaker begins give up on that idea and attempts to misdirect Brutus into thinking they are even. He states that their names sound no better than each other, weigh no more than each other and produce a spirit at the same time when conjuring. He then uses this to say that there is no reason for this Caesar to have grown so great. Then he states that the old Brutus “would have brooked the eternal devil to keep his state in Rome as easily as a king” (I.ii.159-161). Brutus responds by saying that what Cassius has said he will consider and that he will tell Cassius his thoughts about the topic...

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