I think a lot of times in group projects, we try to control what one person or what the others would say when it is time to present or do a pitch for fluidity but sometimes that is not always the case if everyone does not cooporate. For example, I remember my team and I trying to break up the parts of our script for a presentation and not everyone was pleased with their individual part. So, unbeknowest to all, when it was time to present, one person presented a piece another was suppose to present and it was just chaos because some of us didn’t know what to say since it was already said. That one person just took over someones else’s part and so a domino effect occurred and what we had practiced made no sense anymore. I would deem that situation unsuccessful in trying to control what each person would say and I was quite disappointed and a little frustrated at the end because evidently, I went last and only had to say, ” I would now open up the floor for questions.”
I think the Plebeians are easily persuaded. They seem to automatically follow the fashion of what is going on without even thinking. They first believed Brutus after his speech and then eventually switched sides to Antony right after. I would say though that Antony’s use of visual appeal did help with that persuasion. Brutus tried to appeal to the crowd’s emotion and even then, he made a logical appeal and tried to justify his love for Rome over all that he did. Antony however, bringing in the visual aids like Caesar’s body, and using his wide variety of powerful language along with sharing examples to combat Brutus’ claims , for example with Caesar being ambitous, did prove to be advantageous in his persuasion (he used great comparisons). Antony also interacted with the crowds and asked questions to the Plebeians compared to Brutus who asked more rhetorical ones.
The crowd turns into a mob immediately after hearing the words of Antony who refuted Brutus’s charge of ambition against Caesar.
Sarcasm! Antony used a lot of sarcasm as well. “Honorable men” Good one Antony! He also used the will to rile the crowd as well ! Basically reversed psychology. He talked so well of Brutus……but not really. The exact moment the crowd became enraged and turned into a mob was when Antony shared what the will had for every Roman Citizen.
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