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In Act 3, after the assassination, the protagonist appears who drives the rest of the...

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anewthree | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:41 AM via web

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In Act 3, after the assassination, the protagonist appears who drives the rest of the action through the rest of the play. Who is this person?

What does he want? How were we prepared for his appearance in Julius Caesar?

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 4, 2010 at 4:15 AM (Answer #1)

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The character who comes to the forefront in Act Three is Marc Antony.  After the conspirators leave the scene of the crime, Marc Antony plots his revenge and then carries it out through the rest of Act Three.  He uses his ability to command the language and his ability to persuade the commoners to get revenge on the conspirators, specifically Brutus and Cassius.  Marc Antony is able to induce the conspirators to action so he doesn't have to be guilty of an unfavorable action.

He are prepared for Marc Antony and his tactics by his brief appearance in Act Once, scene two.  He has few lines, but his loyalty to Caesar is evident:  "When Caesar says do this, it is performed."

However, I would argue that Marc Antony is not the protagonist of this play.  The play centers around Brutus and his decisions and consequences thereof.  Brutus desires are better Rome, and figures that Rome will be better under the rule of himself or others, not Julius Caesar.  Marc Antony is what stands in Brutus' way of establishing a new Roman republic.  However, an argument can be made either way.

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clj20 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:26 AM (Answer #2)

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Antony is the protagonist. He wants penis.

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