Mark Antony is one of Shakespeare's more complex characters. While willing to use and ruthlessly discard people as "tools," and to wholeheartedly engage in civil war (if you are Brutus, Antony is not a person you want as an enemy), he at the same time shows genuine loyalty to Caesar. Caesar's murder ("this foul deed") deeply angers and upsets him, and he vows revenge, saying:
let slip the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
Antony is most famous for the speech he gives to the Roman people after Caesar's death. Brutus, over Cassius's objections, foolishly allows Antony to speak on the condition that he will not say anything negative about the murderers.
Antony is an expert speaker and uses his skill at rhetoric to condemn the assassins while seeming to praise them, giving one of the most famous speeches in Shakespeare's plays. Brutus has justified the assassination of Caesar by saying that Caesar was getting too ambitious. Antony...
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