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O pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy
(Which like dumb mouths do open their ruby lips
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue),
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men... (3.1.269-277)

What is the impact of Antony's figurative language in the above quote?


Antony's use of personification when speaking to the bloodied earth is the first indication of his vengeance. Antony is infuriated that the once- beloved Caesar is now one with the earth upon which he stands.


Anthony compares the conspirators to butchers because of their vicious actions on Caesar, and he knows that revenge will result in a bloody battle; however, he hopes he will be able to handle the revenge with poise and grace.


Antony creates a mood of contempt and disdain when he speaks about the butchers and his fury. His disapproval is obvious.


As Antony continues to speak to himself, he realizes, through the use of a simile, that the wounds are calling out to him and asking that he take revenge. The wounds are compared to the mouths and, through the use of personification, asking Antony to take action and speak for the now dead Caesar.


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