Chapter - Julius Cesar

Q. Explain below lines 
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms, 
Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart; 
And, in his mantle muffling up his face, 
Even at the base of Pompey's statue, 
Which all the while ran blood, great Caesar fell. 
O, what a fall was there, my countrymen! 
Then I, and you, and all of us fell down, 

 

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Antony tells the mob that it is the ingratitude of the conspirators which defeated Caesar and that it was more  powerful and stronger than the physical strength of these men. This betrayal crushed his heart, which was very strong and did not grow faint even at the base of Pompey's statue. He adds that, at that particular point, the blood from his heart and body ran and he fell defeated, on the ground. Antony exclaimed that it was a great fall and that with the fall of Caesar, his countrymen have also fallen. In other words, he refers to the dilapidated state of the country and its people, as a result of Caesar's death.

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