The not to disprove what Brutus spoke.” (3.2.97). Antony

The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare begins the play with Caesar’s 

defeat of Pompey. Brutus a very good friend of Julius is persuaded by Cassius to help assassinate 

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Julius Caesar because Cassius does not believe Caesar is fit to rule and also that Caesar his 

becoming a tyrant. The Ides of March was warned but not taken seriously. Brutus and Antony 

read their speeches at the funeral of Caesar, Brutus made his point clear to the citizens that he 

did not kill Caesar with malicious intent, but for the sake of the country. Mark Antony delivers a 

more effective speech than Brutus by utilizing the techniques, ethos, pathos, and logos.

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” (3.2.70). This shows that Mark 

Antony is trying to get into the Roman crowd’s hearts with his status as a trustworthy man by 

using the appeal of ethos. Antony justifies his words in the beginning of the speech to show that 

he knew Caesar as a good friend. “I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke.” (3.2.97). Antony 

states that what happened to Caesar was wrong and he hopes to get the crowd to question the 

motives of the conspirators.

Mark Antony truly cared for Caesar and the death had really shocked him and his speech 

really reflects on that friendship. Antony uses the appeals of pathos to win over the crown 

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emotionally and mentally. “He was my friend, faithful and just to me.” (3.2.82)Antony’s speech 

reveals that that Caesar was a man who is trustworthy and unjust to kill,  as usual Antony implies 

this discreetly, by using the word ‘just’. Antony then mentions the stabs of Casca and Cassius but 

does not pay much attention to it, Antony also mentions the stab of Brutus and sums it up as 

“honorable”.

The appeals of logos used to persuade someone can be facts , Mark Antony uses a lot of 

detail throughout the course of his speech. “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath 

wept.”(3.2.88) Mark Antony is giving a speech to everyone not just the wealthy people and the 

majority of the crowd is poor so when he uses the word “poor” the crowd believes it is wrong to 

kill someone who wept over them. Antony uses logos against the crowd to show that Caesar 

cared for them. Mark Antony was going through a very hard time, his close friend Caesar was 

murdered and the killers did it for the people. Brutus and Antony tell the crowd very signifying 

speech’s that leave the crowd thinking but Antony wins the crowd by using ethos, pathos and 

logos. Mark Antony did a good job of persuading the crowd to hate on Brutus without them even 

knowing it.

Persuading the Romans to go against the conspirators was not an easy task, after Brutus 

gave his intelligent speech, Brutus had already won the crowd. The speech given by Antony was 

an effective speech, it changed the crowd emotionally with the three appeals. During the speech 

Antony cleverly keeps true to his word while working his way to get the crowd to turn on Brutus 

and the conspirators but Antony does this by not wronging Cassius and Brutus. Utilizing the 

appeals of pathos, logos, and ethos in the funeral speech really helped Mark Antony win over the 
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Roman crowds and also turn them against the conspirators. 

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