What was Antony's speech at the funeral?

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Marc Anotny's speech at Caesar's funeral contains some of the most well-known and frequently-quoted lines Shakespeare has written. The speech occurs in Act III, Scene II and begins:

 

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones;

So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault and grievously has Caesar answered it.

The speech is an example of persuasive rhetoric, designed to stir the emotions of the crowd and inflame their imaginations; in particular, to get them to remember Caesar as a good man and noble ruler, which they are initially not predisposed to do.

 

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