Julius Caesar

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Funeral beginning


Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my
cause, and be silent, that you may hear. Believe me
for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor, that
you may believe. Censure me in your wisdom, and
awake your senses, that you may the better judge. (3.2.12-15)

At the beginning of Caesar's funeral, Brutus is the first to provide his funeral oration.

Based on the above quote, which type of rhetorical appeal does Brutus use and why?


Ethos appeal; Because Brutus needs for the Roman citizens to support him and his decision for killing Caesar, Brutus attempts to appeal to the citizens by establishing his credibility and capitalizing on his morals and values. In order for the citizens to believe that what he did was right, they need to see that he is an ethical man.


Logos appeal; Brutus uses this appeal because he needs for the Roman citizens to understand his reasoning for murdering Caesar. The fact that it was the most logical step for Brutus and the conspirators to take is made evident in his statement.


Pathos appeal; Brutus wants the Roman citizens to feel bad for him and sympathize with him since he was forced into making such a Difficult decision.


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