The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0244 Tuesday, 11 February 2003
Date: Saturday, 8 Feb 2003 15:43:23 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 14.0223 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0223 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
First, I agree fully that it is pointless searching for a principal
protagonist in this play, in which four very powerful characters
dominate the stage.
Secondly, about Antony's final lines. It is true that Antony is a liar,
but the lies he speaks before serve his political purpose. He has no
reason, however, to lie over the dead Brutus. While Brutus had been
alive, he had to think the worst of him (i.e. he was a "butcher"): he
was an enemy who had to be defeated. But once he is dead, Antony could
afford to be more generous. What motive could he possibly have had to
lie at such a point?
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