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Posted March 25, 2007 at 9:09 AM via web

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Why does Brutus want to spare Antony's life and what opinion does he seem to hold of Antony?

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jamiekee | Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 25, 2007 at 12:05 PM (Answer #1)

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Brutus feels that Antony is no threat to the conspirators' cause. By sparing the life of Antony, Brutus feels he will look good and honorable to the people, rather than just a butcher out to take away Caesar's rule. Brutus wants to convince the people that Caesar would become a tyrant if he ruled over the people. His claim is that he loves Caesar, but he loves Rome more. Little does Brutus know that Antony has other ideas in mind. When Brutus sets the rules which must be met in order for Antony to speak to the townspeople, he follows every rule but does so in a manner that easily brings the people to his side. Unfortunately for Brutus, Marc Antony's eloquent speech to the people turns an angry crowd against Caesar into a wild mob now after the conspirators. Brutus made a big mistake when he underestimated Antony's power of speeh!!

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