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Speech Analysis: (Brutus) What is Brutus' reason for killing Caesar? Often when people try to persuade us, it is not what they do tell us that is as important as what they "do not tell" us. Carefully examine Brutus' speech. What must Brutus provide that he does not? Earlier, Brutus compared Caesar to a "serpent's egg." What was significant about that? How does that explain what Brutus does not do in his speech? Does anyone in the crowd bother to ask about this oversight? Why? What is the state of mind of the crowd before Brutus speaks? What is their state of mind after he speaks? Brutus seems to be successful in swaying the crowd despite the lack of sound arguments to defend his actions. Why are rhetorical questions used? Why phrase statements as questions rather than make blunt statements? Speech Analysis: (Brutus) Identify the first rhetorical question. What is the assumption inherent within this statement? Identify the second, third, and fourth rhetorical questions. What fallacy of argumentation is present in these rhetorical questions? What does Brutus repeat immediately after the last three rhetorical questions? Why? How does Brutus speak highly of Caesar? Why? Speech Analysis: (Antony) Immediately following these lines Antony says, “I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke.” Is he being honest? Antony says that Brutus says Caesar was ambitious and Brutus is honorable. Identify Antony's argument. What are Antony’s premises? Identify the repeated rhetorical questions contained within this first section of the speech. Why does he phrase these as questions rather than statement? When Antony pauses, why does he say that he must pause? What is the underlying purpose of this pause? Why does Antony say he will not read Caesar's will? Antony has the crowd gather around Caesar; why does he do this? Speech Analysis: (Antony) What does Antony remember about Caesar's mantle? Why would he want to bring this up? What adjective does he use for Casca? Why? What adjective does he use for Brutus? Why? What does Antony say "burst [Caesar's] mighty heart"? Why? After portraying Caesar as a "victim," who else does Antony suggest was "victimized" by this act? What is the crowd's reaction to his speech? Speech Analysis: (Antony) How does Antony deprecate himself? What type of appeal is this? What does the crowd vow to do? As the crowd disperses, Antony says: "Now let it work: Mischief, thou art afoot,/Take thou what course thou wilt." (lines 262-263) What does this reveal about Antony?
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