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Antony's Words

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Antony,
The posture of your blows are yet unknown;
But for your words, they rob the Hybla bees,
and leave them honeyless. (5.1.33-35)

What literary device is Cassius using, and what is his meaning?

A

Personification; the statement implies that Antony's words are not violent enough to hurt anyone. Rather they appear submissive and meek while robbing others blind.

B

Metaphor; the statement implies that Antony is dishonest and his words and actions should be looked at more carefully by the citizens of Rome.

C

Simile; the meaning of the statement implies that Antony needs to be reprimanded and stripped of his control over the armies since he has poor form and a weak temperament.

D

Both A and B

E

None of the choices are applicable to this question.