Julius Caesar: Act 3 Scene 2

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

This famous quote starts Antony’s speech, which is rather confusing, and makes it hard to try and see what his real motives are. At first, Antony speaks of “the noble Brutus,” which makes my “Antony loves Caesar but knows that Caesar needed to be gone for the welfare of Rome” theory. Then, he talks of Caesar making it look like he was trying to turn the people against the senate. As soon as he gets them riled up though, he calms the people down, and calls the Senators “Those honorable men.” Antony obviously has something up his toga sleeves, but I can’t seem to figure out what it is. He is taking both sides, and getting the people on both as well. Maybe he is trying to make them all neutral about Caesar’s death? Does anybody know Antony’s ulterior motive?


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