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julius caesar study questions
all quiet on the western front
julius caeser
Literature Assignments
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8.              Romans, countrymen and lovers” (Act III Scene2, line13)


a.       This is a speech based on reason (unlike Antony’s later, which is based on passion).  Why does Brutus say the crowd should believe him?


Brutus thought he killed Caesar for the people and that it was something the people wanted because he had read the letters that told him to kill Caesar.


b.      How many words can you find that are antithetical (that is, in strong contrast), such as “less”/ “more”, “living”/ “dead”?  What is the cumulative effect?


The cumulative affect is if the word is something positive such as lovers then the effect would be something negative such as haters.


c.       Many words and phrases are balanced: for example, “As Caesar loved me, I weep for him ; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him”.  Find more, and say why they are calculated to win over the crowd.


“Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.”


“I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him


Brutus’s words won over the crowd because he says that he honored and loved Caesar but he killed him because he loved his people more.


9.              “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” (Act III Scene 2, line 71)


a.       Antony uses the word “honourable” to describe Brutus and Cassius eight times.  Each time the way in which it is spoken is different, and with a different purpose.  Carefully trace the transition from the first “For Brutus was an honourable man” to “They that have done this deed are honourable”, explaining how Antony’s oratory has led the crowd from one point of view to another.


Each time Antony uses the word honourable to describe Brutus and Cassius, he gets more sarcastic to show how dishonorable they were.


b.      In his second sentence, Antony says he is content to let Caesar’s good points be buried with his bones.  How many good points does he in fact make before this 35-line speech is ended?


There were no good points given by Antony. Instead he focused more on Brutus and why he was so “ambitious.”


c.       How does Antony deploy the words “ambition” and “ambitious” to win over the commoners to hid point of view?


Antony uses these words “ambition” and “ambitious” to show how honorable Caesar was when he gave Rome power or when he refused the crown. He also states that Brutus is “ambitious” but he does not really mean it because Brutus was not the one who brought Rome their wealth and he was not the one who turned down the crown.

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