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In Mark Antony’s speech at Julius Caesar’s funeral, he uses a lot of rhetorical devices, imagery, and tone. He utilizes these by appealing to the audience’s emotions and relating to them on a personal level. He constantly tells the audience how Brutus is a good man but Caesar was better. Near the end he starts joking around with Brutus and repeatedly accuses him of things. While doing this, he uses rhetorical devices, imagery and tone to make his speech appealing to the audience. In Antony’s speech, he talks to the audience like he was Caesar’s friend, even though he was involved with his murder. Even though the crowd doesn’t know that, he acts innocent and mournful. In Mark Antony’s speech at Caesar’s funeral he utilizes a lot of rhetorical devices. Pathos is the most largely used device in the entire speech. Pathos is the appeal to emotions. Antony begins his speech by saying, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” (Shakespeare 3.2.72). He does this to tell the audience that he is one of them and that he is their friend. He goes on to say that he respects Caesar but does not love him. After he says that, he begins to start an argument with Brutus, the man who planned and went through with Caesar’s murder. As he builds up his attack on Brutus, Antony straightforwardly states his problem with him. He then proceeds by asking questions and answering them. This device is called rhetorical question. His first rhetorical question, ” What cause with hold you then to mourn for him?” is then answered by himself as well as the audience. He then entices the audience with Caesar’s will. This utilizes Pathos again and makes the crowd want to read it. He moves on by refusing to read it, which leads the crowd on emotionally. He proceeds by picking up Caesar’s cloak and shows the audience the holes where Brutus stabbed him. After this the crowd becomes very angry and is talking about destroying Brutus’ home. Luckily, Antony holds them back by reading Caesar’s will. The crowd was so fed up with Caesar’s murder that they burn Caesar’s body and with the fire from Caesar’s pyre they proceed to burn down Brutus’ house. By Antony’s words and actions he appeals to the crowds emotions, or Pathos. He uses a lot of different rhetorical devices but the most prominent and important is Pathos. Imagery is the formation of mental images. Mark Antony uses very little imagery in his speech to powerfully state his emotions on Julius Caesar’s death. At the very end of his speech he states, ” My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,and I must pause till it come back to me” (Shakespeare 3.2. 106). By saying this, Antony implies that he died with Julius that night he got murdered. His imagery makes a gory image in your mind by having you picture a dead man with someone else’s heart as well as his own. Antony did a great job at using imagery to scare the audience and make his speech more memorable.The tone of Antony’s speech is more ironic and dramatic. Antony repeatedly states that “Brutus was an honourable man” and then proceeds to doubt Brutus’ honor (Shakespeare 3.2.93). He tone then changes to a more dramatic tone as he points out the holes in Caesar’s coat where Brutus and others stabbed Caesar. He then calls up the gods as he states that Brutus and the others that helped with Caesar’s murder are traitors and their act is like treason. He sudden shift in tone shows how passionate Antony was about avenging Caesar’s death as well as his appeal to the crowd.In the end, Antony’s speech at Caesar’s funeral was full of rhetorical devices, tone and some imagery. These three devices utilize how passionate and vengeful Antony is on the topic of Caesar’s death. He uses these to appeal to the crowd in a personal and emotional basis. He also uses them to make his argument against Brutus more powerful and memorable.


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