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5 Rhetorical Devices in Speeches of Brutus and Antony
1. As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
This line from Brutus’s speech is an example of paralellism because Brutus says I ___ for him, as he was ______. These repeated phrases then form paralleism in the sentence.

2. Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended.
Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended.
This line from Brutus’s speech is an example of anaphora because the same groups of words “who is here” and “if any speak, for him I have offended” are repeated at the beginnings of successive clauses

3. For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men—
This line from Antony’s speech is an example of antimetabole because the words honourable men are repeated in succcessive lines, in reverse grammatical order.

4. Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved
Rome more
This sentence from Brutus’s speech is an example of antithesis because there is a contrast between loving Caesar less and loving Rome more.

5. There is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honour for his valour; and death for his ambition. This line from Brutus’s speech is an example of isocolon because each successful clause is paralell in length.( 4 words each).

Julius Caesar Study Questions p. 222, #15; p. 225, # 9; p. 229, #6; p. 238 #4 a-d, g, 15. On his arrival at the Senate, Caesar has 30 lines (Act III Scene 1, lines 35-48; 58-73) to speak before Casca strikes his first blow. Find examples in those lines of: A. his pomposity Are we all ready? What is now…...

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