Research Paper: Julius Caesar; Manipulation

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Cassius also uses his tactics to persuade Casca and manipulate him to join the conspiracy. He told Casca “why should Caesar be a tyrant then? Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf,

But that he sees the Romans are but sheep”. (Roma Gill, 1995, p. 19). This statement of Cassius had a very powerful impact on Casca.Cassius’ power of persuasion and manipulation is also reflected in Brutus’s soliloquy when he is completely convinced by the arguments presented against Caesar.

It must be by his death: and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crowned: How that might change his nature, there’s the question. (Roma Gill, 1995, p. 22).

Mark Antony’s speech in praise of Caesar a little while after his death is again a remarkable example of persuasion and manipulation which is often quoted in various literary works. He, very subtly, accuses Brutus and the other conspirators as the ruthless murderers so that the citizens are greatly moved by his speech. “But Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honourable man”.  (Roma Gill, 1995, p. 56). He brings along Caesar’s will and informs the citizens of the advantages they would have achieved if Caesar was alive.Antony said that “Than I will wrong such honourable men. But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar; I found it in his closet, ’tis his will”. The same Romans who were chanting slogans against Caesar after being manipulated by the speeches of the assassins started to curse and abuse the conspirators.

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