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Rhetorical Analysis Of Julius Caesar

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To seductively use words to sway one’s opinion, to make even the most moral person have second thoughts, and to dissipate and weave through the human condition is the art of seduction in which we call, persuasion. The art form of persuasion, rhetoric is the use of rhetorical devices to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences. In the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Cassius, a man with bad reputation and malicious purposes tries to convince or persuade Brutus, a trusted friend of Julius Caesar to join with the conspirators appealing to ethics, logic and emotion that make murdering Julius Caesar seem attractive.
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This proves to be ineffective because, Brutus has no concedence within himself. He does feel a great sense of responsibility to Rome and by Cassius is trying to suggesting that Caesar means to become all-powerful by sarcastically calling him "immortal” which makes Brutus become concerned.
Cassius uses two principal appeals in his monologues, ethos and pathos.For example, Cassius says “I had as lief not be as to live to be in awe of such a thing as I myself” (I.ii. 95-96). This quote appeals to ethos because it has to do with Cassius desire to be free from Caesars rule. He states this wish of freedom as a desire to live under the rule of someone better than himself not equal.
Even the demeanor in which the sentences are structured shows the use of rhetoric. The effects of the transitions in grammatical order from “I” to “we”, creating a “we” to “they” relationship, being that “I” is Cassius, “we” is Brutus, and “they” is Julius. In the beginning Cassius just says “I”, such as “I know that virtue”, and “I had as lief” but before he begins to conduct himself in agony hall by enclosing his rhythmic beats with unhymned phrases, he tries to include Brutus by saying “we” and “you and I”. Brutus does not appeal to this, infact he does not give credence that they are a together until the very last stanza where he departs from Cassius.
Cassius begins to For instance, Cassius states that “We both have fed as well and we can both/ Endure the winter's cold as well as he.” (I.ii.98-99) This statement draws in the attention audience in the authors act of trying to include the audience in the plot. He compared himself to Brutus but Brutus and Cassius are very different because Cassius has a very bad reputation of doing wrong. His comparison is like the tritones of music, they clash together but create a harmonious sound when played with the right chords. For Cassius to say “we” and “we both”, is basically saying “We, alike, can go through rough winters” or to be more straightforward “We both are the same man as Caesar”, thus belittling Caesar making him a common man. In this case, by making that comparison, it made Brutus have second thoughts about Caesar but still makes him hesitate to answer because he already knew that Cassius had a bad reputation. Cassius successfully belittles Caesar but does not successfully gain the full confidence of Brutus.
Cassius uses an array of instruments that creates an unpleasant sound belittling Caesar. For example, he says:
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