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Posted May 27, 2011 at 3:10 AM via web

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In the resolution, the last scene, why is it significant that Octavius delivers the play’s final speech?

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 27, 2011 at 3:53 AM (Answer #1)

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This speech is delivered after Antony has spoken about Brutus being the "most noble Roman of them all" since Brutus, alone, acted only for the good of Rome.  All the other conspirators had some ulterior motive such as greed or jealousy, whereas Brutus was choosing the lesser of two evils...murder his good friend, Caesar, or allow Caesar to forever corrupt and ruin the Rome he loved.

Octavius speaks last, and also in favor of Brutus, proclaiming that Brutus will have an honorable burial.  This is significant since Octavius is Julius Caesar's blood relative, and his forgiveness of Brutus is perhaps the most important.  If Octavius can forgive Brutus for his loyalty to Rome which led him the murder Julius Caesar, then all of Rome should also be able to forgive and honor Brutus for his love of country.

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