Explain how Shakespeare makes this passage moving.
-Satvik Kanabar, 10.1
Shakespeare makes this passage enormously significant, powerful and moving through the use of several techniques. He uses dialogue, the theme, figures of speech, sentence structure, foreshadowing and rhetorical questions to do so. All these techniques allow Shakespeare to create a scene that is moving to the extent that it touches and inspires both the audience’s hearts and the conspirator’s hearts in the play. The passage begins with a speech given by Brutus to the conspirators, followed by the debate of involving Cicero in the conspiracy, and the dilemma of whether Marc Antony should be killed along with Caesar.
Shakespeare uses dialogue and various figures of speech to bring out an emotional response in the audience. Brutus’s speeches show us the power of his words and how easily they can have an influence on the rest of the conspirators. He delivers a highly effective speech on why Romans like them must not take oaths, because the thought of the future state of Rome under Caesar’s tyrannical rule must motivate them to keep their word. He states that oaths are only for cowards and feeble old people, and people who cannot be trusted for they would otherwise have broken it. His dialogue is full of emotion where he says “To think that or our cause or our performance Did need an oath; where every drop of blood That every Roman bears, is guilty of several bastardy, If he do break the smallest particle Of any promise hath pass’d from him.” By saying this he means that it would be extremely un-Roman for a man to go back on his promise, this shows Brutus’ Roman patriotism and the love and faith he had in his Roman compatriots, because they were Roman.
Brutus mentions a few rhetorical questions in his speech, just to make and emphasize his point on the cowardice on making an oath. For example, he questions the conspirators “What need we any spur but our own cause to prick us to...