English- Julius Caesar

I am a bit confused by this part.

The exhalations whizzing in the air
Give so much light that I may read by them.
(opens the letter and reads)
“Brutus, thou sleep'st. Awake, and see thyself.
Shall Rome, etc. Speak, strike, redress!”
“Brutus, thou sleep'st. Awake.”
Such instigations have been often dropped
Where I have took them up.
—“Shall Rome, etc.” Thus must I piece it out:
“Shall Rome stand under one man's awe?” What, Rome?
My ancestors did from the streets of Rome
The Tarquin drive when he was called a king.
—“Speak, strike, redress!” Am I entreated
To speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,
If the redress will follow, thou receivest
Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!

Is Brutus actually speaking in this or is he reading the letters aloud?

I thought that most of these were letters but the one part Brutus said was :

To speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,
If the redress will follow, thou receivest
Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!


Is the part above part of the letters or is it said by Brutus??


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Shakespeare frequently had characters speak in monologues ( http://www.google.com/search?q=shakespeare+monologues&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7 ) or read letters as methods for letting the audience in on background or private thoughts or other elements not able to be conveyed by actions and dialogue.

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