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Examining How Brutus And Mark Anthony Utilise Language To Manipulate The Audience In Act 3 Scene 2 Of Julius Caesar

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Examining how Brutus and Mark Anthony Utilise Language to Manipulate the Audience in Act 3 Scene 2 of Julius Caesar

This essay will scrutinize and analyse two speeches from Julius
Caesar; firstly Brutus's funeral oration and Mark Anthony's response
in Act 3 Scene 2. Brutus as a conspirator against Caesar addresses the
audience to justify himself along with his other conspirator's actions
whilst Mark Anthony speaks in Caesar's defence and Brutus prosecution.
This essay will explore how each character uses rhetorical devices to
appeal to the audience.

Brutus uses rhetorical questions throughout his oration to the
plebeians in Act 3 Scene 2. He uses this in order to create a sense of
support for his actions. For instance, 'Who here that is so rude that
would not be a roman?' Brutus here makes the audience question their
allegiance to Rome. The audience as evidence from Act 1 are passionate
about the glory of Rome. Brutus recognises this and attempts to
utilise their patriotism for his answer. Brutus that 'Rome' is more
important then Caesar. Also his use of alliteration for the 'W' sound
strengthens how Brutus questions the crowd to his advantage and to
show that he is also justifying his actions.

Brutus justifies his reason for speaking throughout his funeral
oration because he feels that it is important to strengthen the main
reason to the crowd that his and the other conspirators actions were
correct and that Caesar's ambition would have destroyed Rome. For
example 'With this I depart, - that, as I slew my best lover for the
good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please
my country to need my death'. The purpose of Brutus' funeral oration
is revealed as he repeats that he has slain his noble friend Caesar
for the good of Rome. By purposely not using murdered in place of
slain, he creates an effect on the audience to believe that the
killing of Caesar wasn't brutal and that it was for a good cause. The
audience cherish Rome, so Brutus clarifies that Rome is more important
than Caesar. Brutus persuades the audience by speaking for the good of
Rome. His repetition of the personal pronoun of 'I' shows that he is
once again distancing himself from the blame. Brutus uses this third
person narrative of himself effectively in order to convince the crowd
that even if he wasn't Brutus, the loyal and trustworthy friend of
Caesar, he would of still murdered Caesar. His announcement of that he
will slay himself in order to please Rome, reinforces his love for
Rome and this creates and effect on the people to show that he is
still a noble roman.

Throughout Brutus' funeral oration the audience and the reader notice
a structure and logic of themes. The structure has assisted his
oration to manipulate the audience in to believing his defence and
ideas. For instance...

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