What is Antony asking the people of Rome to do?

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In short, Antony's purpose is to work on the emotions of the crowd and to implant the idea that the conspirators, in having killed Caesar, have essentially attacked the Roman people as well.

In his soliloquy prior to this scene, Antony has made it clear that his aim is to "cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war." Despite the conciliatory manner he presents to Brutus, Cassius and the others, Antony hates them for what they've done to Caesar, and his chief thought is revenge. Alone, he can't accomplish this; he needs the massive force of the Roman people to spearhead his attack on the conspirators. Though his manipulation of the crowd...

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