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anewfour4 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:44 AM via web

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Antony's soliloquy at the end of act 3, scene 2, indicates what intentions regarding the assassins? What does his speech foreshadow?

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ajmchugh | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM (Answer #1)

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I'm assuming that the soliloquy you're referring to is actually at the end of Act 3, scene 1 ("O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of flesh..." (3.1.255-277), as there is no soliloquy at the end of 3.2. 

In his soliloquy, Marc Antony apologizes to Caesar's corpse for appearing to be civil toward the conspirators, and essentially vows to avenge Caesar's death.  Antony predicts, among other things, a civil war so fierce that "mothers shall but smile when they behold/Their infants quartered with the hands of war" (3.1.269-270); he also suggests that Caesar's spirit will have a hand in this war of revenge. 

Antony's soliloquy clearly foreshadows the action of Acts 4 and 5.  By the end of Antony's funeral speech in Act 3, scene 2, the Romans have turned against the conspirators and are already seeking revenge for Caesar's murder.  Brutus and Cassius are driven from the city and forced to gather support hastily in preparation for a war with Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius, and by the end of the play, the war that Antony foreshadowed has occurred.  Similarly, Brutus is visited by Caesar's ghost, who tells Brutus, "Thou shalt see me at Philippi" (4.3.285)--the place where Brutus ultimately takes his own life. 

 

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