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Friends, Romans, Countrymen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1745  Friday, 14 October 2005

From: 		L. Swilley <
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Date: 		Thursday, 13 Oct 2005 12:07:29 -0500
Subject: 	Antony's Soliloquy

Antony's soliloquy over the dead Caesar does not suggest his knowledge 
of the Caesar we have been shown in the play, a pompous, grasping person 
given to such public statements as those given the senators just before 
the assassination (and such private statements as Caesar's remark to 
Antony himself, "I tell you what is to be feared rather than what I 
fear, for always I am Caesar.")   Elsewhere in this play, Antony does 
not seem to be someone who is deceived by anyone; how then do we account 
for this praising speech which, because it is a soliloquy, must be taken 
as honest feeling?

L. Swilley

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