Shall I descend? Lend me your rears! Instead of reading the will immediately, however, he focuses the crowd's attention on Caesar's body, pointing out his wounds and stressing the conspirators' betrayal of a man who trusted them, in particular the betrayal of Brutus "Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
Methinks there is much reason in his sayings. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know.
Second Citizen. Bear with me; My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me. But Antony has two advantages over Brutus: his subterfuge and his chance to have the last word.
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. Antony reminds the crowd that they appreciated Caesar and implies that they would naturally mourn for him, he tugs at the heartstrings.
At the same time, he deifies Caesar, he makes his apotheosis, and shines through this new symbol. Line Analysis Readings Page Home In Mark Antony's funeral oration for Caesar, we have not only one of Shakespeare's most recognizable opening lines but one of his finest examples of rhetorical irony at work.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? Read the will; we'll hear it, Antony; You shall read us the will, Caesar's will.