‘The evil that men do lives after them’. This is a line from which Shakespearean play?
‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.’
Given above is a part of the famous speech done by Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s play ‘Julius Caesar’.
Antony has been allowed by Brutus and the other conspirators to make a funeral oration for Caesar on the condition that he will not blame them for Caesar's death; however, while Antony's speech outwardly begins by justifying the actions of Brutus and the assassins Antony uses rhetoric and genuine reminders to ultimately portray Caesar in such a positive light that the crowd is enraged against the conspirators.
As Antony reflects on Caesar's death and the injustice that nobody will be blamed for it, he becomes overwhelmed with emotion and deliberately pauses: ‘My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me’. As he does this, the crowd begins to turn against the conspirators.