The Power of a Speech
Speeches are weapons; words that can be manipulated to attack a subject or person in a way that the author must decide. In the case of Mark Antony’s speech at Caesar’s funeral in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Winston Churchill’s speech at the start of World War II, “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat” are two speeches dealing with aggression towards a certain matter. Antony’s speech was created to gain the trust of the Plebeians and take sides with him concerning whether or not Caesar was killed for the good of Rome claimed by Brutus. Churchill’s speech created an attack against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party in the fear that the Nazis would try to take over England. Both of the speeches had the power to lead their audience into the path of their wanting.
Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time of World War II, used the elements of Pathos, Ethos, and Logos in order to have the House proclaim their confidence in the government with his speech, “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat”. Pathos was used in a manner to explain to the House and the whole Country in general what his goal was for his country. Churchill was willing to sacrifice for the safety of the United Kingdom, “victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival” (Churchill P5). Churchill means that even if the country of the United Kingdom has to lose or sacrifice in order to rise above Germany, that is their goal because if they don’t try to fight back, they will be doomed anyways as Hitler tries to conquer the world. Churchill offers credibility with the use of Ethos in order to show what the Nazi party is planning, “wage war, by sea, by air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime” (Churchill). The monstrous tyranny, in other words, was the genocide and aggression against Jews by the Nazi party. Churchill is crediting World War II to Hitler in the quote in order to get his people to turn against Hitler and take his side. Mark Antony indirectly credited Brutus with the murder of Caesar in his speech but while Churchill aimed to keep his country from troubles, Antony aimed to get revenge against the conspirators. Churchill’s goal was to persuade his country to be alongside of him by saying, “nothing more to offer but, blood, toil, tears, and sweat” (Churchill). He logically explained the situation of the war to the House speaking in a sophisticated language in order to gain their full attention and basically sound like he is knowledgeable on the situation. The House agreed with Churchill and were alongside him and the United Kingdom was victorious in the end.
Mark Antony was very biased unlike Churchill who...