Rhetoric is a superpower, one that can be used for one’s own advantage or for the good of others. Antony’s best friend, Julius Caesar, has been betrayed by his acquaintances and even by his best friend Brutus. Antony’s dreads for justice, now at the funeral of Caesar he awaits his chance to speak the truth through the power of rhetoric. Antony speaks of Brutus being an honest and humble man and talks as well of the others who also betrayed him. Accordingly he says the following “Here under leave of Brutus and the rest (For Brutus is an honorable man; So are they all, all honorable men)” (Shakespeare 3.2.90-92). Antony only notes good things for his traitors and exposes them in a very delicate position calling them “honorable men”. Antony talks of Caesar’s killers as honorable men, acting as if he was on their side, to then create a contrast with what Antony truly feels about Brutus and his acquaintances killing Caesar. After glorifying Brutus and his companions so much, then Antony shifts his way of speaking towards Brutus in a careful manner, without insulting him directly and causing the people to ignore him. Correspondingly, Antony then defames the portrait he painted of Brutus by saying, “I thrice presented Caesar with a kingly crown which he did thrice refuse./ Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says/ He was ambitious” (3.2.104-108). Through Antony’s rhetoric, the plebeian’s point of view is completely shifted, Antony keeps Caesars picture humble opposite to that of which they’d thought then unmasked the truth with facts and sceneries of when Caesar still lived. Antony spoke carefully, crafting his words into a powerful statement. With the use of rhetoric Brutus’ hard work to convince the peasants of his righteousness was greatly weakened and nearly destroyed. After other multiple statements, the plebeians were convinced that Brutus had lied to them and betrayed Caesar without reason, now furious the plebeians join sides with Antony to butcher the murderers of Julius Caesar without hesitation. With anger the plebeians shouted “Oh traitors, villains! /We’ll hear him, we’ll follow him, /We will die with him!” (3.2. 213 and 219-220) Antony had finally convinced the crowd…
but obviously it doesn’t, and so their ridiculous claims only harm the reputation of the study of philosophy and rhetoric.
It is sad that these young men follow such horrible teachers who promise to teach the young men to manipulate language, even though language cannot be manipulated. They should be teaching these young men to manipulate rhetoric, which is much easier since rhetoric is an art and meant to be manipulated.
But I don’t want to just bash on these teachers I also want to show them…
(4) Superpower Geographies
4.1 Superpower Geographies
4.1.1 What is a superpower?
Superpowers are countries with disproportionate power and influence so that they have more than the rest of the world and thus are the biggest decision makers. Superpowers are usually large countries in terms of population and physical extent. Physical size may provide a natural resource base that the superpower can thus exploit and draw on to develop their power and influence further. These countries have global…
Rhetoric is something most people know how to use but do not use on purpose. Forms of rhetoric can be used through spoken, written, or body language. As a child two of the first forms of rhetoric one learns are to smile in response to a positive stimulus and to cry when upset. Rhetoric is a way of communicating to get a point across, with some impressive effect. It is most commonly used as a way to manipulate, or persuade people. Rhetoric makes communication easier…
27 January 2015
ICA: Covino/ Jolliffe
Rhetoric, is difficult. Defining rhetoric is difficult, discussing rhetoric is difficult; even within the first page of the reading, Covino and Jolliffe state that they “Try to build a big picture of what rhetoric is (and what it’s about) as a way of trying to give the most complete picture” (Covino and Jolliffe 325) I chose to take this quote from the early portion of the reading because two times they use the word try/…
Superpower Relations: The Cold War 1945–1991
Truman and Eisenhower of USA and Stalin of USSR
Truman feared the spread of communism throughout the world, and Stalin was angry because America and Britain had invaded Russia in 1918-19 to try to destroy communism. Truman was also angry, but about the Nazi-Soviet Pact (a major factor in starting the Second World War). America wanted reconstruction - to make Germany a prosperous democracy and recover it as a trading partner.
Honors English II, Period 2
11 Feb 2015
Julius Caesar: Rhetoric Devices
A commercial about starving children in Africa are very persuasive. They appeal
to a person’s emotions by showing a young African child who is struggling to live. They
use the rhetoric strategy of pathos. Rhetoric is the persuasive argument using appeals
based on logos, pathos, and ethos.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,
Shakespeare, is a tragedy and shows wonderful examples of this…
Rhetoric vs. Reality
Rhetoric has a long history and various definitions. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines rhetoric as language that is intended to influence people and that may not be honest or reasonable; the art or skill of speaking or writing formally and effectively, especially as a way to persuade or influence people (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Rhetoric is basically the study and practice of communication in order to persuade, inform, inspire or entertain. It is the strategic use of…
Children’s era speech in Newyork, Newyork on March 30, 1925 to a group at a birth control conference. She began a lifelong research in efforts to birth control. She was excited to share her research with the people. Her speech contains all three rhetoric forms but it mainly deals with logos and pathos. Her speech deals with the results of over population and the lack of options women are faced with such as birth control.
She begins her speech talking about a garden and how much work and affection…
the needs of the people who would be using our bowls and the people around us. In many instances the tone of conversation would change if a teacher was around as supposed to another student. Although it was unknowlingly this is still an example of rhetoric. When we made the bowls many of us also thought rthtorially about our audience and chose modest appropriate designs and colors.…