Can you find an example of a synecdoche in Antony's speech in Julius Caesar?  

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In general, we understand synecdoche to mean the part standing for the whole.

In Antony's speech praising Caesar and subtly (or not so subtly) condemning Brutus and the other assassins in act 3, scene 2, Antony uses the literary device of synecdoche from the start. This shows from his first words that he is a master orator.

After addressing the crowd in flattering terms, he begins with "lend me your ears." This is a synecdoche. Antony doesn't literally want the listeners to detach and loan him their ears. He uses "ears," the part, to stand in for the whole: what he means is "pay close attention to the real meaning of what I am...

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