The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it. Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest-- For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men-- Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
Synopsis[ edit ] Antony has been allowed by Brutus and the other conspirators to make a funeral oration for Caesar on condition that he not blame them for Caesar's death; however, while Antony's speech outwardly begins by justifying the actions of Brutus and the assassins "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him", Antony uses rhetoric and genuine reminders to ultimately portray Caesar in such a positive light that the crowd are enraged against the conspirators.
Throughout his speech, Antony calls the conspirators "honourable men" — his implied sarcasm becoming increasingly obvious. He begins by carefully rebutting the notion that his friend Caesar deserved to die because he was ambitious, instead claiming that his actions were for the good of the Roman people, whom he cared for deeply "When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: He denies that Caesar wanted to make himself king, for there were many who witnessed the latter's denying the crown three times.
As he does this, the crowd begins to turn against the conspirators. Antony then teases the crowd with Caesar's will, which they beg him to read, but he refuses. Antony tells the crowd to "have patience" and expresses his feeling that he will "wrong the honourable men whose daggers have stabbed Caesar" if he is to read the will.
The crowd, increasingly agitated, calls the conspirators "traitors" and demands that Antony read out the will. Instead of reading the will immediately, however, he focuses the crowd's attention on Caesar's body, pointing out his wounds and stressing the conspirators' betrayal of a man who trusted them, in particular the betrayal of Brutus "Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
He claims that if he were as eloquent as Brutus he could give a voice to each of Caesar's wounds: He ends his speech with a dramatic flourish: Antony then utters to himself: Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt. Also parodied in Ace Ventura: Lend me your rears!
Men in Tights the speech is parodied where Robin Hood begins the speech, only to be interrupted by a barrage of ears thrown by the audience, misinterpreting the rhetoric for a literal request. In popular media[ edit ] The lyrics of Bob Dylan 's "Pay in Blood" on his album Tempest include the line, "I came to praise not to bury.
The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents. Metro Active, 19 May Retrieved on from http:Caesar’s better qualities exist in Brutus, and we will crown him.
Good countrymen, let me leave alone. I want you to stay here with Antony to pay respects to Caesar’s corpse and listen to Antony’s speech about Caesar’s glories, which he gives with our permission. I ask that none of you leave. - Brutus's and Antony's Speeches in Julius Caesar William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is a tragic story of the dog and the manger.
After Caesar is killed Mark Antony, a . While William Shakespeare’s reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (), quarried since the early 19th century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings .
Brutus's and Antony's Speeches in Julius Caesar William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is a tragic story of the dog and the manger. After Caesar is killed Mark Antony, .
Brutus lets him speak at Caesar's funeral, but only after Brutus, a great orator in his own right, has spoken first to "show the reason of our Caesar's death." Brutus makes it clear that Antony may speak whatever good he wishes of Caesar so long as he speaks no ill of the conspirators.
In William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the wives of Caesar and Brutus in Act II, scenes i and ii, both had a different relationships with their husbands. Both couples loved each other, however, they reacted and influenced to each other differently.