Rhetorical Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Brutus And Antony '

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Passion vs. Reason Politics , both a political art and science, as absurd as it may seem. Politics involves the art of rhetoric and the science of the human mind, emotion, and motivation. Successful politicians are the cleverest, most rhetorically astute. The one 's who can exercise their political propaganda most strategically to manipulate the opinion of the majority. Play write, William Shakespeare, recognized this fact when he wrote his famous and tragic play Julius Caesar. He revealed in his play that Roman politicians ' rhetoric played a critical role in their political propaganda 's influence on the people. Two Roman politicians in his play, Brutus and Antony, keenly utilized rhetorical devices to convince the Roman people of which side to support after Caesar 's assassination. Both talented of politicians, but Antony appeals to the vast majority. This essay will address objectives of Brutus and Antony 's speeches at Caesar 's funeral, the rhetorical devices they employed, a comparison of appeal to passion versus reason, and concluding with the play 's lesson on political propaganda. The head assassin Brutus presented his speech before the people in the funeral scene to emphasize the honor of both himself and his fellow conspirators and to explain the honorable motives of the assassination. He explains that his motivation did not arise from despise of Caesar, but from concern for the welfare of the Roman people, "Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I…

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