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Mark Antony’s Remarkable Rhetoric Essay

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Throughout his famous speech in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Mark Antony continuously propagandizes the crowd using his eloquence. From the very beginning of his speech, Antony is facing a crowd that is already not on his side. His unique elocution allows him to fairly easily brainwash the throng into submitting to his ideas about Julius Caesar’s death. Using rhetorical appeals such as logos and pathos, Mark Antony changes the mob’s mind in a timely manner. He uses plausible and convincing reasoning, rationale, and emotional appeal in order to indoctrinate the multitude of Romans into believing what he has to say. Antony’s exceptional mellifluousness helps him put it all together though, leading to the final product that is his acclaimed speech. Mark Antony possesses phenomenal enunciation and flaunts his rare skill admirably as he dexterously instills his views into the brains of the Romans.
One of the main components of Mark Antony’s speaking competence is his ability to approach the assemblage using two different overtures. The most obvious and profound approach he uses is the logos appeal. When Mark Antony first enters, the people are definitely not on his side after being heavily influenced by Brutus’ speech. Right away, Antony calls the people his friends, which instantaneously leads to him being somewhat likable and the Romans lending Antony their ears. Just being friendly is a great move by Mark Antony and shows he is very intelligent and blessed with excellent verbalism. Antony smartly uses the crowd’s rowdiness as a prime opportunity to use ‘logos’ to force the people think twice about what they think is right. Mark Antony realizes that with such a naïve and easily taken in crowd he can handily gain followers using reasoning and ratiocination. Antony claims Julius Caesar was a great leader and supports the plea with proof such as the facts that Caesar wept with the poor, brought captives back to Rome, and thrice humbly refused the kingly crown. These assertions almost immediately lure some commoners to his cause. Conjointly, Mark Antony is able to prove that Julius Caesar was not ambitious, which is one of the main characteristics of Caesar that Brutus criticized. Over the course of his speech, Antony is able to appeal to ‘pathos’ as well. He exemplifies emotion when he weeps and says his heart is in the coffin with Caesar. Additionally, Antony says “If you have...

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