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Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a ColossusSimile
, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.Adynaton

Men at some time are masters of their fates;
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that —Caesar?
Why should that name be sounded more than yours?
Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;
Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with 'em,
Alliteration—Brutus will start a spirit as soon as —Caesar.Parallelism

Now in the names of all the gods at once,
Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed
That he is Alliterationgrown so great?Metaphor
Age, thou art sham'd!
ApostropheRome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods!Apostrophe and Parallelism

When went there by an age since the great flood
But it was fam'd with more than with one man?
When could they say, till now, that talk'd of Rome,
That her wide walks encompass'd but one man?
ParonomasiaNow is it Rome indeed and room enough,
When there is in it but one only man.Hyperbaton, Epistrophe & Quaesitio

O! You and I have heard our fathers say
There was a Brutus once that would have brook'd
Th' eternal devil to keep his state in Rome
As easily as a king.Simile