How did Antony convince the crowd in his funeral oration to seek revenge in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?

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Marc Antony's famous funeral oration employs some very persuasive elements. First of all, he puts the angry crowd at ease by claiming that he simply wants to bury Julius Caesar, not praise the fallen dictator. Also, by saying that he will neither speak ill of the assassins nor Caeser, Antony piques the further interest of his audience.

Of course, Antony's goal is to fire up the mob. He wants them to demand vengeance for the fallen leader of Rome. However, because he will not come right out and condemn the conspirators, he employs ironic repetition to do the job. By repeatedly calling Brutus and Cassius "honorable men" in a sarcastic and disingenuous way, he is implying that they are just the opposite. Furthermore, Brutus had just finished a speech calling Caesar overly ambitious. Antony counters by supplying examples of Caesar spurning ambition in favor of his people's love. He then, in a macabre show, points out the bloody holes in Caesar's mantle to show how these "honorable men"...

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