Temendo che Roma perderebbe la sua democrazia sotto il governo di Cesare, Bruto accetta di uccidere il suo amico in nome di Roma. Cospirando con altri senatori, Bruto e Cassio accoltellano Cesare a morte Cesare il giorno della sua incoronazione. Giulio Cesare dice notoriamente: "Et tu, Brute?" indicando il suo profondo sentimento di tradimento.
Retorica La Tragedia di Giulio Cesare Ethos, Pathos e Logos
“He was my friend, faithful and just to me.”
“This was the unkindest cut of them all.”
“He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.”
Caesar's Will I, Julius Caesar, of sound mind and body do bequeath 75 drachmas, and half my orchards to the people of Rome, whom I love.
Antony is justifying his words with the credibility of knowing Caesar. He is saying that he was always fair and just and that a true friend would know this.
Antony creates an emotional connection with the crowd. He makes them look at the stab wounds inflicted by Brutus, Caesar’s friend. With his words and actions, Antony creates feelings of pity, anguish, and distrust in the Roman citizens.
Throughout his speech, Antony gives examples of Caesar's generosity and humility as evidence that he was wrongly assassinated. This culminates in the reading of Caesar's will, which gives each citizen 75 drachmas and half of his orchards. Antony uses this as evidence to logically prove that Caesar was not a tyrant.