He committed a crime to prevent, as he thought, a greater crime, and by so doing he brought upon himself and his country greater evils than those he had sought to avert. The noble Brutus has told you that Caesar was ambitious. Let but the commons hear this testament Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read And they would go and kiss dead Cæsars wounds, And dip their napkins in his sacred blood, Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, And, dying, mention it within their wills, Bequeathing it as a rich legacy Unto their issue. Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony: who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth; as which of you shall not? There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony. Tis good you know not that you are his heirs; For if you should, O! I have started driving at a very early age like really early, am avoiding self-incrimination.
I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts: I am no orator, as Brutus is; But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man, That love my friend; and that they know full well That gave me public leave to speak of him. He tries to seem to have brought no passion to his deed as assassin. The noble Brutus is ascended: silence! The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Cæsar. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up To such a sudden flood of mutiny. Theres not a nobler man in Rome than Antony. I am Vivek Ranjan, 33, a Chemical Engineer and a lawyer. Nay, that's certain: We are blest that Rome is rid of him.
If any, speak; for him have I offended. The final straw is the insertion of sure into the line. Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome. I know not, That made them do it; they are wise and honourable, And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you. As he does this, the crowd begins to turn against the conspirators. He denies that Caesar wanted to make himself king, for there were many who witnessed the latter's denying the crown three times.
First Citizen This Caesar was a tyrant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks, His private arbours and new-planted orchards, On this side Tiber; he hath left them you, And to your heirs for ever, common pleasures, 1795 To walk abroad, and recreate yourselves. What does he say of Brutus? Notice the form of Antony's oration, beginning with line 73. You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? What is it that has made the speeches in this scene so famous? You all do know this mantle: I remember 170 The first time ever Caesar put it on; 'Twas on a summer's evening, in his tent, That day he overcame the Nervii: Look, in this place ran Cassius' dagger through: See what a rent the envious Casca made: 175 Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd; And as he pluck'd his cursed steel away, Mark how the blood of Caesar follow'd it, As rushing out of doors, to be resolved If Brutus so unkindly knock'd, or no; 180 For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel: Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! In 1594, Shakespeare joined the Lord Chamberlain's company of actors, the most popular of the companies acting at Court. The more subtle implication is that since both men have claimed him as their friend, they have equal authority to speak on the subject of Caesar's disposition. Antony follows with a line of straight iambic pentameter punctuated with a.
Given his wildly successful speech, we probably don't have to tell you that Antony's strong suit is the art of speaking persuasively. Third Citizen There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know. He says, for Brutus sake, He finds himself beholding to us all. Fourth Citizen They were traitors: honourable men! Look you here, Here is himself, marr'd, as you see, with traitors.
Belike they had some notice of the people, How I had moved them. By the time he resumes his speech, Antony is readyand the crowd ripefor the shift from persuasion to outright manipulation. Which is the more appealing? Kind souls, what, weep you when you but behold 195 Our Caesar's vesture wounded? If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsars, to him I say, that Brutus love to Cæsar was no less than his. Antony knows his audience well. What are the most striking qualities of Brutus' speech? Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men? Cassius, go you into the other street, And part the numbers. The Lupercalia outlived the Western Empire, finally being abolished by Pope Gelasius I in 496; legend has it that the pope's creation of St.
Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? You all did love him once, not without cause. O, what a fall was there, my countrymen! We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him. That might lead one to believe that there was indeed some ambition in Caesarand perhaps some reason for concern. A group of senators led by Cassius and Brutus fear one man having too much power and they murder Caesar. If any, speak; for him have I offended. The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol; his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy, nor his offences enforced, for which he suffered death.
I pause for a reply. How would it have affected you had you been in the crowd? Those that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here; 5 Those that will follow Cassius, go with him; And public reasons shall be rendered Of Caesar's death. With this I depart,—that, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death. Antony reminds them that if they had cause to love himand as he's refuted the rationale behind Caesar's assassinationthen they have every reason to lament his death. Bear with me; My heart is in the coffin there with Cæsar, And I must pause till it come back to me.