In Julius Caesar, what went wrong when Brutus tried to re-establish the republic of Rome? I'm having a bit of a problem with this certain part in my essay I'm writing for school. I can't settle on...

In Julius Caesar, what went wrong when Brutus tried to re-establish the republic of Rome? 

I'm having a bit of a problem with this certain part in my essay I'm writing for school. I can't settle on an answer. Any help would be appreciated. 

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In the play, after Julius Caesar is killed and thereby overthrown, Brutus addresses the people of Rome. In his speech, Brutus explains that the conspiracy carried out a plan to ensure the continuation of the republican state, avoiding a dictatorship headed by Caesar. 

Up to this point, Brutus and the conspiracy are doing well. Things begin to go wrong, though, when Marc Antony is allowed to address the people in a speech. Antony's speech stirs up the people against the conspiracy. 

...the speech inspires the crowd to turn against the conspirators, who have fled the city.

After Antony's speech, the conspirators become embroiled in a battle against Antony and Octavius. 

The trouble for the conspiracy and for Brutus is essentially embodied in Marc Antony. Antony will not accept the justifications for Caesar's death and also sees an opportunity to seize power for himself. He does not hesitate to act on this opportunity.

...the most ambitious of the play's characters is not Caesar or Brutus, but Mark Antony, who exploits the situation at hand...

Antony's speech, his rhetorical ability, his loyalty to Caesar and his ambition all bring ruin to Brutus and the conspiracy.

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