Antony's use of Contrast in Julius Caesar by: Vansh Patel, Kati Davis, Shannon O'Brien, Connor Nelson
Throughout Antony's speech, he attempts to influence the people of Rome to think badly of Brutus and the conspirators, who killed Caesar. One rhetorical device he used was contrast. He kept saying 'honorable' and 'ambitious,' to show that Caesar is not ambitious, therefore Brutus is not honorable.
"Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And sure he was ambitious."
This quote allows for the contrast between Brutus being honorable and Caesar being ambitious. He goes on to say how he doesn't want to dispute Brutus, the honorable man, but if he doesn't he will not be able to tell what Caesar really said. So he is contrasting how Brutus is honorable but what he knows and what Caesar knows tells different.
"I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?"
This quote allows us to see the contrast between Brutus being honorable and Caesar being ambitious. Antony is saying that Caesar refusing the crown demonstrates how he is not ambitious.