What does the attack on Cinna the poet show?
a) the crowd kills innocent people throughout rome
b) caesar had planned to have dinner with cinna
c) the people of rome are our of control with rage
d) a famous roman poet had tried to kill caesar
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This happens in Act III, Scene 3.
I would say that the correct answer to this question is C -- the people of Rome are really quite angry because of the assassination of Caesar.
The fact that the people are angry can be shown by their first reason given for wanting to kill Cinnna. Cinna was the name of one of the conspirators. The fact that they want to kill him shows they are angry about Caesar's death.
The fact that they kill him anyway even after they find out he is not the "right" Cinna shows they are out of control.
The killing of Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar demonstrates the fickleness of the Roman mob. They are eager to kill, even the innocent, and they are out of control with rage. They first seize Cinna because of his name, thinking he is the conspirator by the same name. When he protests that he is not the conspirator, he is Cinna the poet, the Fourth Plebeian yells:
Tear him for his bad verses! Tear him for his
bad verses! (Act III, Scene 3)
Led on by Antony's funeral speech, the mob has, in a matter of minutes, switched its allegiance from Brutus and the other conspirators to Antony and the deceased Caesar. In their frenzy, the members of the mob just want to wreak havoc. They don't care if they have the correct Cinna or not.
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