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Julius Caesar

Brutus & Antonys

Funeral Speeches

Brutus Funeral Speech

Rhetorical devices and quotes used in Brutus speech:

Antithesis Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. (Act III,
Scene II, Lines 23-24)

This displays the contrast Brutus used while showing his feelings and providing towards
his message of the overall ideas of his speech. This is effective in his speech because it
shows his different feelings towards Caesar and Rome. This quote shows Brutus
emotions and how he shows the Pathos.

Epimone (Frequent repetition of a phrase or question; dwelling on a point)

As Caesar loved me, I weep for him. As he was fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he was
valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him. (Act III, Scene II, Lines 26-28)

Also, Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak, for him have I
offended. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any, speak, for him have I
offended. Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak, for him have I
offended. I pause for a reply. (Act III, Scene II, Lines 30-36)
Brutus use of Epimone helps to demonstrate his points of how it was justified to kill
Caesar, while showing the importance of his reasoning by his frequent repetition of the
phrase/question, driving his points to the Plebeians, showing the effectiveness of those
points. This quote shows Brutus somewhat Logos appeal by Brutus asking the crowd of
Plebeians if any of them are offended.

Brutus Appeal of Ethos, Pathos,

and Logos

Ethos- Brutus Ethos appeal is somewhat a strongpoint in his speech.

It is somewhat a strongpoint because Brutus is a very credible and
trustworthy person who is looked highly upon. The Plebeians also
trust him enough that they want him to become the new Caesar
after he is done presenting his speech.

Pathos- Brutus Pathos appeal isnt really used in his speech. Brutus
goes for more of an Ethos and Logos appeal instead of an
emotional appeal.

Logos- Brutus Logos appeal is used quite often in his speech. Brutus
has logical reasons as to why he killed Caesar and that his reasons
that he killed Caesar are justified. Brutus also asks the Plebeians if
any of them are offended and none of the Plebeians say they are
offended, showing sort of a statistical and logical appeal.

Antonys Funeral Speech

Rhetorical devices and quotes used in Antonys speech:

Antithesis I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, but here I am to speak
what I do know. (Act III, Scene II, Lines 109-110)

This use of antithesis shows Antonys meaning of his speech without coming out
saying that the honorable men are not actually all that honorable. This use of
antithesis really shows the effect of Antonys speech on the Plebeians because the
Plebeians look at the honorable men as traitors. This quote shows Antonys
Pathos appeal while also showing somewhat of his Logos appeal.

Verbal Irony Who (you all know) are honorable men. (Act III, Scene II, Line

Also, Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up to such a sudden
flood of mutiny. They that have done this deed are honorable. (Act III, Scene II,
Lines 222-224)
Also, I fear I wrong the honorable men whose daggers have stabbed
Caesar. (Act III, Scene II, Lines 163-164)
Antonys use of verbal irony makes his speech very effective because it shows
the exact opposite of what he is actually feeling and thinking. Verbal irony is what
makes the Plebeians see that the conspirators are bad and that they believe in
Antony. These quotes show Antonys Pathos appeal due to the fact that he is trying
to get the crowd of Plebeians to feel the way that he is feeling.

Antonys Appeal of Ethos, Pathos,

and Logos

Ethos- Antonys Ethos appeal is also somewhat of a strongpoint in his

speech. Antony is also a very trustworthy and credible person who is
also looked highly upon, making him very convincing.

Pathos- Antonys Pathos appeal is a very important part of his

speech. Antony uses a great deal of emotion in his speech, making
it more effective to the Plebeians. An example of emotion in his
speech is when Antony starts crying, My heart is in the coffin there
with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me. [He weeps.]
(Act III, scene II, Lines 116-117). This strong use emotion is what
convinces the Plebeians that the honorable men are traitors.

Logos- Antonys Logos appeal isnt all that strong. Antony goes for
more of an Ethos and Pathos appeal because he knows that is what
will effect the Plebeians the most.

What Speech Was More Effective?

Antonys speech was more effective. It was more effective due to

his great amount of Pathos appeal. His emotion used in his speech
really drove his point to the Plebeians, showing them that Caesar
didnt deserve to die and that the honorable men are actually