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'Antony's use of rhetoric in Act3, Scene2 is more effective than Brutus'.

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'Antony's use of rhetoric in Act3, Scene2 is more effective than Brutus'.' To what extent do you agree with this statement? 26 If one considers merely the apparent 'winner' of the argument in Act 3, Scene 2, then Antony is the obvious choice as the better orator. However, Brutus probably had a more difficult job as he had to convince the crowd to forgive him for the murder of the (effective)1 head of the Roman Empire. In fact, the use of rhetorical devices in both speeches is extensive and generally well balanced. This has been affected by the order in which the men spoke to the crowd, which could, to some extent, alter the opinion of the rhetorical devices used. Rhetorical devices in the passage are well used, especially in the case of Antony and his use of pathos, although one may argue that in this instance pathos is particularly easy to use. An example of pathos2 is,'...I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong (who you all know) are honourable men. ...read more.

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Another example of pathos(one was mentioned earlier in the essay), is the passage, '...And they would go and kiss dead Caesar's wounds and dip their napkins in his sacred blood,...' This is an extremely violent and gory image, similar to some examples in Antony's soliloquy of Act 3 Scene 1, is pathos in the sense that it makes people sympathise with Antony's anger and even instils anger into the common people- encouraging them to riot and destroy. In rhetoric, there is a basic structure, which one may follow, to show the formation of this structure, examples from Antony's speech will be used. The basic organisation of an argument is called dispostio. The first thing to do is exordium, which is getting the audience's attention, without the audience's attention, the argument will not be listened to and may be less effective than if exordium is used. 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' The next thing that must be done is narratio, which is setting forth the basic facts and major points to give an overview of the argument. '...The good is oft interred with their bones: So let it be with Caesar... ...read more.

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2 Pathos is 'stirring and appealing to the emotions of the audience, often seeking tears, sympathy, even anger.'(11/10/06 'Rhetoric: the art of persuasion') 3 I.e. if said while a person is, or appears to be, upset 4 the term 'plebeian' refers to an 'ordinary' person 5 the term ethos refers to any attempt by the speaker to present his own character, and to suggest his own emotion, or his own qualifications for speaking on a subject.(11/10/06 Rhetoric: the art of persuasion') 6 see the previous paragraph which refers to Antony's use of pathos for an example. 7 Antithesis: 'putting together opposite ides, often in the same place in a sentence or line. Often combined with isocolon for extra effect.(such as in the example above) (11/10/06 'Rhetoric: the art of persuasion') 8 'Isocolon: the use of phrases of more or less equal length and of similar structure e.g. Caesar's famous 'Veni, vidi, vixi'('I came, I saw, I conquered') (11/10/06 'Rhetoric: the art of persuasion 9 'Exordium: getting the audience's attention...'(11/10/06 'Rhetoric: the art of persuasion' 10 (11/10/06 'Rhetoric: the art of persuasion') ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This is an accomplished essay which demonstrates effective writing skills and a good knowledge of the text as well as a command of rhetorical devices. The writer should not allow this knowledge to override the text itself. ****

Marked by teacher Karen Reader 18/04/2012

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