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Antony employs a number of devices to produce the desired effect on the mob. These devices may be described as rhetorical devices. He first speaks in such a manner that it seems to the mob that he is in full agreement with Brutus about Caesar. Then step by step he moves away from Brutus’ position, depicting Brutus as a villain and Caesar as a wronged man. Copy and complete the following table by showing how Antony builds the argument in Caesar’s favour.

Antony’s words

Argument

1. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

Does not wish to eulogise Caesar

2. The noble Brutus

Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:

If it were so, it was a grievous fault,

And grievously hath Caesar answered it.

Seemingly agrees with Brutus


Solution

Antony’s words

Argument

1. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

Does not wish to eulogise Caesar

2. The noble Brutus

Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:

If it were so, it was a grievous fault,

And grievously hath Caesar answered it.

Seemingly agrees with Brutus

3. When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man
.

Disproves Brutus’ point by showing that Caesar cared for the people

4. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.

States that he is not speaking against Brutus

5. You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?

Revives sympathy for Caesar


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