Caesar

Caesar
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  • Repetition of Calling Brutus and the Conspirators Honourable Men
  • Brutus is a honourable man!
  • For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men.
  • They that have done this deed are honourable: What private griefs they have, alas, I know not, That made them do it: they are wise and honourable.
  • Antony repeated words like honourable for multiple reasons. One reason was to show that he acknowledged that the men had reasons and they are respected men. More importantly though is that Antony was mocking Brutus. Brutus persuaded the people that he did the honourable things but Antony's speech contradicted this. The sarcasm shown while calling them honourable helped get people on board with his plan. A speaker can use language and rhetorical strategies to persuade a large group of people by appealing to them. If the speaker can come of as likeable and relatable to the people, he can persuade people easier. They can also use these strategies to contradict their opponent, which we saw in Antony's speech. Antony used three strategies, sarcasm, mocking, and rhetorical questions to contradict Brutus. By contradicting one's opponent, they leave the people with little options but to get on board with their plan.
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