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Julius Caesar Rhetoric Examples

All examples from Act 1 - 3
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Anachronism
"...without the sign Of your profession?"
Epanalepsis/Chaismus
"What trade, thou knave? Though naughty knave, what trade"
Pun
"I can mend you"
Epanalepsis/Chaismus
"Thou art a cobbler, art though?"
Anaphora
"You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless!"
Rhetorical question
"Knew you not Pompey?"
Anachronism
"To towers and windows, yea, to chimney tops,..."
Anaphora
"And do you now put-on your best attire? And do you now cull out a holiday? And do you now strew flowers in his way...."
Synecdoche
"That comes in triumph over Pompey's blood?"
Hyperbole
"Draw them to Tiber banks, and weep your tears Into the channel, till the lowest stream"
Personification
"Do kiss the most exalted shores of all"
Extended metaphor - conceit
"These growing feathers, plucked from Caesar's wing Will make him fly an ordinary pitch.."
Foreshadowing
"Shake off their sterile curse"
Foreshadowing/Dramatic Irony
"Beware the ides of March"
Overstatement/Metaphor
"Expect immortal Caesar, speaking of Brutus, And groaning underneath this age's yoke, Have wished that noble Brutus had his eyes."
Extended metaphor - conceit
"And since you know you cannot see yourself So well as by reflection, I, your glass, Will Modely discover to yourself"
Antithesis
"Set honour in one eye and death I' th' other"
Foreshadowing
"For let the gods so speed me as I love The name of honour more than I fear death"
Pun
"Think of this life; but for my single self, I had as lief not be as live to be
Personification
"The trouble Tiber chafing with her shores, Caesar said to me, 'Dar'st though, Cassius, now.."
Ellipsis
"The old Anchises bear,..."
Euphemism
"How did he shake"
Parallelism
"Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together: yours is as fair a name. Sound them: it doth become the mouth as well. Weigh them: It is as heavy. Conjure with 'em:
Pun
"Now is it Rome indeed, and room enough,"
Verbal irony/Understatement
"I am glad That my weak words have struck but thus much show Of fire from Brutus"
Synecdoche
"The angry spot doth glow on Caesar's brow"
Anadiplosis
"Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort"
Conduplicado
All the smiles on Page 37
Metonymy
"Why, there was a crown offered him; and being offered him, he put it by the back of his hand thus; and then the people fell a-shouting."
Anachronism
"Sweaty nightcaps"
Euphemism
"Falling sickness"
Euphemism
"Infirmity"
Anachronism
"he plucked me ope his doublet....."
Colloquiolism
"Ay, he spoke Greek"
Parallelism
"Ay, if I be alive, and your mind hold, and your dinner worth eating."
Pun/Soliloquy
"Thy honourable mettle may be wrought"
Metonymy
"In several hands, in at his windows throw."
Foreshadowing
"For we will shake him, or worse days endure..."
Imagery
"scolding winds" "knotty oaks" "ambitious ocean swell" "rage and foam" "tempest dropping fire" "civil strife in heaven"
Metonymy
"But wherefore did you so much tempt the heavens?"
Imagery
"That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars As doth the lion in the Capitol"
Epanalepsis
"Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius
Anachronism
"Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron"
Apostrophe
"O, grief"
Oxymoron
"Of honourable dangerous consequence...."
Metonymy
"Good Cinna, take this paper"
Polysyndeton
"Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass"
Metonymy
"O, he sits high in all the people's heart"
Anachronism
"Get me a taper in the study"
Metonymy
"Crown him that And then I grant we put"
Soliloquy
Brutus' solo speech in Act II Scene 1
Analogy
"...ambition's ladder,...."
Soliloquy
"And therefore think him as a serpent's egg,...."
Polysydenton? I don't know about this quote my notes are everywhere.
"The exhalations, whizzing in the air, Gives so much light that I may ready by them."
Apostrophe
"O Rome, I make thee promise"
Synecdoche
"If the redress will follow, thou recievest Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus."
Implied metaphor
"Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar, I have not slept"
Anachronism
"And half their faces buried in their cloaks, That by no means I may discover them By any mark of favor"
Apostrophe
"O conspiracy"
Synecdoche
"Sham'st thou to show thy dangerous brow by night"
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"Hide it in smiles and affability"
Hyperbole
"Yes, every man of them; and no man here But honours you; and every one doth wish...."
Ellipsis
"You had but that opinion of yourself Which every noble Roman bears of you."
Synecdoche/Metonymy/Euphemism
"O, let us have him! for his silver hairs Will purchase us a good opinion And buy men's voices to commend our deeds."
Antithesis/Simile
"Let's be sacrificers, but no butchers, Caius" "Caesar must bleed for it! And, gentle friends" "Lets kill him boldly, but not wrathfully;" "Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods," "And let our hearts, as subtle masters do, Stir up their servants to an act of rage"
Anachronism
"The clock hath stricken three."
Epistrophe
"Lions with toils, and men with flatterers, But when I tell him he hates flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered."
Metonymy
"And, friends, disperse yourselves; but all remember What we have said and show yourselves true Romans."
Sorry!
Polysendeton on page 65, not sure where it is pointing to, but it's in the first paragraph
Litotes
"Brutus is wise and, were he not in health, He would embrace the means to come by it."
Pathos
"Of your good pleasure? If it be no more, Portia is Brutus' harlot, not his wife."
Anadiplosis/ Logos attitude
"I grant I am a woman......"
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"O ye gods"
Synecdoche
"The secrets of my heart"
Synecdoche
"And all the charactery of my sad brows."
Pun/Euphemism
"A piece of work that will make sick men whole" "But are not some whole that we must make sick?"
Ellipsis?
"You shall not stir out of your house to-day"
Ellipsis
"Seeing that death, a necessary end"
Epanalepsis/Diacope
"Will come when it will come"
Synecdoche
"To be afraid to tell greybeards the truth?"
Anadiplosis/Diacope
"The cause is in my will: I will not come"
Irony
"Caesar, I will [Aside.] And so near will I be That your best friends shall wish I had been further"
Apostrophe
"O constancy, be strong upon my side"
Personification
"Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue!"
Anachronism
"What is't o'clock?"
Synecdoche
"The throng that follows Caesar at the heels"
Apostrophe
"O Brutus,..."
Personification
"The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!"
Euphemism
"Casca, you are the first that rears your hand."
Anaphora
"Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar...."
Chaismus/Anadiplosis/Epanalepsis/Diacope
"Pardon, Caesar! Caesar, pardon!
Pun/Irony
"Shall this lofty scene be acted over"
Dramatic Irony
"The man that gave their country liberty."
Synecdoche
"With the most boldest and best hearts of Rome."
Anadiplosis, Diacope
"As fire drives out fire, so pity pity.."
Irony
"What touches us ourself shall be last served"
Alliteration, Synecdoche(Heart)
"Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart."
Personification
"If I could pray to move, prayers would move me.."
Personification
"Ambitions debt is paid"
Diacope
"Stoop, Romans, stoop, And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood Up to the elbows and besmear our swords"
Synecdoche
"With the boldest and best hearts of Rome"
Euphemism
"He shall be satisfied and, by my honor, Depart untouched"
Syndenton
"Are all the conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils"
Rhetorical questions/understatement
"Shrunk to this little measure?"
Synecdoche, hyperbole
"With the most noble blood of all this world"
Hyperbole
"I shall not find myself so apt to die"
Metonymy
"Our hearts you see not."
Anadiplosis
"They are pitiful;"
Euphemism
"Hath done this deed on Caesar."
Either/or fallacy
"Either a coward or a flatterer"
Pun
"My credit now stands on such slippery ground"
Verbal Irony
"Yours, Cinna; and, my valiant Casca, yours."
Euphemism
"Here didst thou fall, and here thy hunters stand"
Synecdoche
"Over thy wounds now do I prophesy"
Ethos
"The noble Brutus is ascended, Silence!"
Antithesis
"Not that I loved Caesar less but that I loved Rome more."
Foreshadowing
"I have the same dagger for myself when it shall please my country to need my death"
Ethos
"There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony."
Verbal Irony
"If I were disposed to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,"
Verbal Irony
"Which (pardon me) I do not mean to read"
Irony/Epanalepsis
"I fear I wrong the honourable men Whose daggers have stabbed Caesar; I do fear it."
Pathos
"If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. You all do know this mantle."
Apostrophe/Metaphor/Hyperbole/Pathos
"For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel, Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble Caesar saw him stab"
Ethos/Pun
"O what a fall was there, my countrymen!"
Pathos
"O, now you weep, and I perceive you feel"
Polysyndeton
"nor words, nor worth, Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech"
Diacope
"Show you sweet Caesar's wounds, poor poor dumb mouths,"
Ethos/Hyperbole
"Peace, ho! HEar Antony, most noble Antony!"
Diacope
"Never, never! Come away, away!"
Diacope
"I am Cinna the poet! I am Cinna the poet!
Diacope
"Tear him, Tear him!"