Brutus And Antony’s Use Of Ethos, Logos, And Pathos In Julius Caesar, By William Shakespeare
Politicians and companies are constantly competing to persuade the masses to “stand for this” or “buy that”, its become a part of our everyday lives, Persuasion is a very powerful weapon even against the most stoic of people. In the Tragedy, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Cassius, a high class politician with bad intentions persuades Brutus, an honorable, stoic high class politician and Casca to kill Caesar for the good of Rome, however, Cassius’ real goal is to get rid of Caesar because Caesar doesn’t like him. After killing Caesar, Brutus and Antony, Caesar closest friend, make speeches at his funeral in order to persuade the public. Cassius, Brutus and Antony’s use of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in order to persuade the public, Casca, and Brutus shows that anyone can be persuaded by appealing to their emotions, motivations, and personalities.
In the beginning of the Book Cassius uses anecdotes of Caesar’s weakness and faults, argumentum ad antiquatum, and ethos on Brutus to persuade him to join the conspiracy to kill Caesar, this works on Brutus and shows that anyone, even people as stoic as Brutus, can be persuaded by appealing to their motivations. Cassius, a very suspicious character thru ought the play tells Brutus to “be not jealous on me” (827), in the quote he tells Brutus to not be suspicious of him because he is just a friend who genuinely cares. Cassius does this to put himself on Brutus’ side and not seem like a distant person, this allows him to criticize Caesar and suggest that he is a bad influence on Rome which appeals to Brutus’ desire to keeping Rome safe. After setting himself up as a friend to Brutus, Cassius uses harsh anecdotes on the weakness of Caesar to show that he isn’t fit to rule Rome. Cassius recollects on a time when he and Caesar went swimming in the river Tiber and Caesar screamed “Help me, Cassius or I sink” (828) to depict Caesar as a little baby compared to the colossus he is said to be. This use of Pathos really helps support and conveys the idea that Caesar is too weak to lead and that to let him lead would harm Rome. Cassius towards the end of his conversation with Brutus uses his family history in a form of Argumentum ad Antiquatum when he tells Brutus that there was once a “Brutus that would have brooked the eternal devil to keep his state in Rome” (829), which makes a logical argument that Brutus should feel responsibility in stopping Caesar’s inevitable dictatorship of Rome since his family fought to instate the democracy.
The night following Cassius and Brutus’ chat a monster of a storm shakes Rome, Casca another politician and friend of Cassius, meets Cassius at his home. In the conversation Cassius tries to persuade Casca that he is a “willing bondman” (836) under Caesar. Cassius’ use of anger and analogies to persuade Casca show that by controlling one’s emotions anyone can be persuaded. In the beginning of their conversation a scared Casca goes to Cassius in order to have a conversation,...