In lines 175-190 of Act 3, scene 2, why does Antony speak the way he does to the crowd?Why does he mention Brutus' and Caesar's relationship specifically? What effect do these words have on the...

In lines 175-190 of Act 3, scene 2, why does Antony speak the way he does to the crowd?

Why does he mention Brutus' and Caesar's relationship specifically? What effect do these words have on the plebeians?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, you'll have to paraphrase the speech yourself.  It's your assignment and I can't write it for you.  I will help you with the questions you have about the passage, though.

Antony doesn't become distracted.  Any pauses he has are planned and on purpose.  He pauses earlier in his speech in order to let the crowd know how hurt he is about Caesar's death, but here he just moves down so he can use the body as a visual aid, if you will. 

He creates poignancy (a feeling of specialness) by pointing out the specific holes made by specific conspirators (he's pretending to know which holes were made by which person, of course)--that's why he moves to the body and draws attention to it.  He mentions Brutus because Brutus and Caesar were particularly close and people thought Brutus extremely loyal to Caesar, which makes Brutus's betrayal that much more shocking.  He speaks to the crowd this way in order to emotionally move them to rebel against those who killed Caesar.  And that's what the crowd does.

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