Julius Caesar

- Act Three Scene two

5. What does Antony show the citizens? What is their reaction?

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Antony's speech begins with the famous lines, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" (3.2.70). His speech continually praises Brutus as "an honourable man" who has killed Caesar for being ambitious yet also describes Caesar as the most honorable and generous of men. In this way, Antony appears to praise his friend while respecting the men who murdered him, when in fact, Antony is inciting the crowd against Brutus, Cassius and the conspirators. The plebeians are easily swayed and conclude that Caesar was not ambitious, and was wrongly murdered. he crowd starts to surge away in anarchy, crying, "Revenge! About! Seek! Burn! Fire! Kill! Slay!"