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Why was it a mistake for Brutus to allow Antony to have the last word at Caesar’s funeral in Julius Caesar?

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It was a mistake to allow Antony to speak after Brutus because Antony was a more persuasive speaker.

Brutus was convinced that Mark Antony was harmless.  He believed that Caesar was the only one that had the power, and as long as Caesar was dead Antony would leave them alone.  He does not see Antony as any kind of threat.

Brutus does not want to kill anyone other than Caesar because he fears that the conspirators will be seen as butchers and not tyrant-killers. 

We shall be call'd purgers, not murderers.
And for Mark Antony, think not of him;
For he can do no more than Caesar's arm
When Caesar's head is off. (Act 2, Scene 1)

Cassius tells Brutus that he fears Antony, because he loved Caesar and...

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