• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


'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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Julius Caesar section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

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

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Julius Caesar essays

  1. To what extent do you sympathise with Brutus?

    It may also have been a sign of things to come for Rome under Caesar and Brutus must have thought that he must act now before it was too late. However, one might argue that that foretelling Caesar to be a tyrant is deeply flawed and wrong.

  2. Julius Caesar

    The conspiracy all started when the crown was offered, Casca was there and reported back to Cassius, he stated that there was something in Caesar's eyes that showed ambition. So Cassius took it as a sign and believed that Caesar wanted the crown.

  1. Julius Caesar- Mark Antony speech - Analysis

    can be argued that Brutus is just as great an orator as Antony and his speech is just as important. However in my opinion, Antony's speech is more effective in the development of the play as it reveals more of the themes evident in the rest of the play.

  2. What makes Act 3 Scene 1 of 'Julius Caesar' such a powerful piece of ...

    It is clear the director used particular devices to create mood. Over the shoulder shots are used to make you feel part of the event and to show you how actors respond to one another. An example of this would be quite near the start of the scene, where Cassius

  1. Julius Caesar - How does Shakespeare use the events, themes and language present in ...

    Brutus shows how persuasive and manipulating he can be. Brutus then addresses the crowd by asking for a reply, he says in this extract; "Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak, for whom I have offended.

  2. "The subject of Coriolanus is the ruin of a noble life through the sin ...

    Coriolanus's lack of political knowledge is also a major factor to his dramatic downfall. Coriolanus does not seem to understand that he has to act differently in the public's eye than he does in his private life. Coriolanus has hatred towards the plebeians and the plebeians know this by the way he acts in the public's view.

  1. Comparison of Shakespeare's presentation of Antony and Brutus

    Antony however doesn't hold that influence on his own. Cassius proposes that they kill Antony as well as Caesar as Antony is a good friend of Caesar but Brutus says there is no need for that as 'He can do no more than Caesar's arm When Caesar's head if off.'

  2. Mark Anthony's speech analysis

    Besides using repletion in his speech, Antony uses Caesar?s will as way to show the people that Caesar was a good man and lead their full attention towards him. Antony says to the crowd, "I must not read it. It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you? (3.2.153).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work