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The Tragedy of


									    The Tragedy of

By William Shakespeare
Essential question: Can a man
retain his honor while seeking
 Does Mark Antony prove honorable in his quest
  for revenge against Caesar’s assassins?
 Are his actions selfish or altruistic?
 Is he a man of his word?
 Is his rage justified?
 Is he fair to his adherents?
 Does he accept responsibility for his actions?
 By the end of the play, does he appear to be better
  or worse because of his decisions?
        Selfish or Altruistic?
 Mark Antony is             Mark Antony fears the
  careful to save his own     rule of Brutus and Cassius
  life in pledging his        will be unjust, especially
  love and friendship to      because they have already
  Cassius and the other       proven that they are
  conspirators                deceitful. Therefore, he
  immediately after the       plans a deception of his
  murder of Caesar.           own to overthrow their
                              power. In scene ii of Act
(Act III, Scene i, lines      III, Antony cleverly
218-222)                      convinces the mob to
            A Man of His Word
 He promises Brutus that he will speak from the pulpit only
  that which is “as becomes a friend,” leading Brutus to
  believe that he will cause no trouble against the
  conspirators. (Act III, scene i, lines 227-230)

 He prophesies over Caesar’s corpse that there will be civil
  strife and havoc, and the murder of Cinna the poet proves
  him to be right. (Act III, scene iii)

 He promises to avenge Caesar’s death, and by the end of
  the play all the main conspirators are dead.
            Justifiable Rage?
 The man he most admired had just been
  brutally murdered. (Act III, scene i)
 He knew Cassius acted out of jealousy.
 He knew Cassius had deceived Brutus into
  joining this insidious plot against his friend.
      Adherents Treated Fairly?
 Antony fails to acknowledge Lepidus’
  worth in the triumvirate. (Act IV, scene ii)
 Antony knowingly takes advantage of the
  plebeians’ gullible nature. (Act IV, scene ii)
Does Mark Antony accept responsibility for his own actions,
or is he like Pilot, trying to wash the blood from his hands?

He accepts responsibility in that he too fights boldly in the
struggle against tyranny.
Does Antony appear better or worse by the end of the play?

By the end of the play, things are looking up for Antony.
He wins the battle;yet he recognizes the good in Brutus, say-
ing, “He, only in a general honest thought and common good
to all….” (Act V)
         The verdict is in…
Though Antony
obviously disrespects
Lepidus, he still
proves to be honorable
in all other deeds. He
makes good on all his
promises in avenging
the death of his friend
and restoring order

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