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During Brutus's funeral speech for Caesar, a plebian yells out "Let him be Caesar." How is this scene ironic and how does it work with the general...


This scene from Act III, Scene 2 in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is ironic for a couple of reasons. 

First, the mob that is at this point calling out their praises for Brutus will soon turn against him and the other conspirators and be running through Rome rioting, looking to kill them.

Second, the mob's allegiances will be changed by Antony's speech, and the only reason Antony is allowed to speak is because Brutus gives him permission.  Cassius warns Brutus not to, but Brutus gives Antony permission anyway. 

This scene reverses the plot and sets the course for Antony to be victorious over Brutus and the other conspirators, which brings about the tragic cleansing or catharsis typical of a tragedy.

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