In the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Mark Antony stood in front of a crowd that was against him and tried to convince them that Caesar was still the great man they all loved before. The crowd, who was easily influenced by Brutus to loath an ambitious Caesar, came to be entirely on Antony’s side in a matter of minutes. How did he do this? He used rhetoric devices. Three that he uses effectively were ethos, logos, and pathos. With the use of those three things, Antony got the crowd on his side and against the conspirators.
Throughout Antony’s speech he used ethos in order to show himself in likeness to the crowd, fairness, and to give him credibility. Whenever Antony would refer to Brutus, he would say, “And Brutus is an honorable man” (3.2.80) to show fairness to the crowd and to the conspirators. Another instance is when Antony asks the crowd for permission to leave and go down among them. This helps him seem like one ...view middle of the document...
Towards the end of the speech, Antony tells of a will that Caesar had that gave everyone seventy-five drachmas and his walks. The will acted as evidence that Caesar did love them and was not a striving person. With the facts that he provided and the plentiful other facts and reasoning Antony persuaded the crowd to believe that Caesar did not deserve to die and that the men who killed him were wrong. Furthermore, these facts made the credibility associated with Brutus and his speech go away.
Finally, Mark Antony used pathos in his speech to appeal and draw out the emotion of the crowd. First he made the crowd feel sad for the death of Caesar. Antony says that they all loved Caesar once, but now they are not mourning him and he says that no one is humble enough to honor him, making the crowd feel bad for not showing respect for Caesar. He continues on telling them that his heart is in a coffin and that he needs to pause for a while, making the crowd feel sad realizing how hurt Antony is because of Caesars death. By this point Antony has got the crowd feeling sadness for Caesar’s death and he goes on to make them feel fear and anger towards conspirators. Antony said, “Whose daggers have stabb’d Caesar; I do fear it.”, (3.2.150) to instill a little fear into the crowd that the conspirators could do that to anyone. He also tells the people how Brutus was Caesar’s best friend and he betrayed him and how his cut was the “most unkind” making the crowd irritated towards Brutus and making him seem less honorable. Antony used pathos so well that the crowd was threatening to burn the house of the conspirators.
In conclusion, Mark Antony used the three rhetoric devices in his speech ethos, pathos, and logos to change the minds of the crowd. A crowd that, at first, was angry at Caesar and didn’t want to hear Mark Antony’s words. He made them see his perspective so effectively that after he was done with his speech he had got the whole crowd to want to go after the conspirators and kill them. Without the use of these rhetorical devices he would have never succeed at his goal of honoring Caesar and getting back at the men who killed him.