The Persuasion of Eulogies
According to Maurice Saatchi an established politician, “No one has a magic lamp which can tell you in advance whether what you say will be effective in persuading an audience.” Persuasion is a vital method to get people to agree with you and on your side, and is used throughout the speeches of Brutus and Antony. People only sway you if they covet something from you, and in this case Brutus and Antony both want the people of Rome on their side. Throughout his speech Brutus wants to persuade the people that he is righteous for killing Caesar. On the other hand, Antony wants to persuade the people that Brutus and the conspirators are illicit for killing Caesar. Hence, Brutus and Antony are very persuasive in their speeches for a purpose, also they were effective in persuading the people, and they reveal a little bit about themselves while they were at it.
Initially, Brutus wants to convince the people that he did the correct thing by assassinating Caesar. He also wants to persuade the people that he is the right man to lead the country ensuing the assassination of Caesar. Following the leader’s death one could assume there has to be chaos; like they say, “where there’s smoke there’s fire.” What this country needed the most was a leader, a leader who could get them out of this chaos and back to greatness. Brutus desire to be this leader that the people were yearning for after Caesar’s death. However, Antony’s purpose was to prove that Brutus was fallacious, to assure Brutus and the conspirators are wrong in assassinating Caesar, as well as proving Brutus wrong that Caesar in fact was not too ambitious.
Brutus wants to convince the people that he is correct in what he has done therefore he gets the first crack at alluring the crowd his focal point was that he killed Caesar for the beneficial of Rome by expressing that he killed Caesar on account of, “not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” (3.2. 21-22). Brutus next began asking rhetorical questions such as “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” (3.2. 23-24). Brutus’s describes Caesar as ambitious trying to portray Caesar as a man who only cared about himself and not what is best for Rome. Brutus speaks above the crowd when he talks about honor and how he is the savior of Rome. After Brutus is done with his speech he asks that everyone stay and listen to Antony’s speech. However, he makes a great mistake by departing right after.
Furthermore, Antony is now up to try to convince the people that he is correct and there are two advantages he has over Brutus are deception and the fact that he gets the last word, therefore he must capitalize on this. He starts off by attacking Brutus about calling Caesar ambitious. He starts disputing Brutus’s statement by using past events to prove Brutus wrong by prompting the conspirators, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome...