To-Do Date: Sep 30 at 8:00am English 103 Essay #2 Length: Five double-spaced pag
To-Do Date: Sep 30 at 8:00am
Length: Five double-spaced pages of text in MLA form. Note: No Works Cited page is required.
Simply identify the act and scene (as well as the author and play title) in the stakes of your introduction.
Guidelines: This essay is devised to help you work with rhetorical devices within argument. Your task is
to read the selected passages from Act III, scene II of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, focusing on the
speeches by Brutus and Antony (i.e. read but ignore the words of the citizens unless they are relevant
to your argument).
Instructions: You will compose a thesis which directly answers this question:
Which speaker is more persuasive? Please build a defense in part by weighing the effectiveness of the
rhetorical devices employed by each (Remember, don’t just list and discuss the devices as if you were
writing in 101 mode. Evaluate the effectiveness of the devices employed and make an argument for the
reader.). . . In this process you might also consider the motivation of each person as well as the reaction
of the audience. Think about which character makes a more effective appeal for his case based on his
desires. AGAIN, DO NOT JUST DISCUSS THE RHETORICAL DEVICES AND LIST WHAT EACH SPEAKER USES.
INSTEAD USE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEVICES TO ARGUE WHO IS BETTER. In other words, if you
just say, “Antony uses dicaelogia when he does x,” then you’ll have to rewrite the assignment. Instead,
you should write, “Antony uses questions better than Brutus and is more successful manipulating the audience with them.”
More instructions: This essay requires a thorough understanding of rhetorical devices. In order to
acquire this understanding, you will need to use the BYU rhetoric website line and do some independent
study. Below I have listed some important terms in alphabetical order. Learn these and work them into
your essay where necessary. (Please note that I will categorize these for you on the next page.)