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Antony and Cleopatra

Friction between the two triumvirs (Antony and Caesar) emanates not only from their clashes of values, but is also apparent on a personal level. Despite the fact that Caesar appears to hold Antony in high regard for the sensational strife he endured (as described in Act 1 Scene 4 linesRead More

The character of Cleopatra

How Cleopatra acts when Antony is away reveals a lot about her character and how she feels about herself and Antony. The scene starts off with Cleopatra asking Charmian for a narcotic so that she can ‘sleep out this great gap of time’ that her Antony is away. She isRead More

Antony and Cleopatra

How does Shakespeare use his contrast between Rome and Egypt to present the themes in Antony and Cleopatra? In the play Antony and Cleopatra there are two different worlds, Rome and Egypt. Throughout Antony and Cleopatra, we see the hard-working political life of Rome and the luxurious and pleasurable lifeRead More

Portray Cleopatra

In Act 2 Scene 2, Enobarbus describes the first meeting between Antony and Cleopatra on the Nile, in all its glory. Enobarbus, a typically blunt solider uses poetic language in describing Cleopatra’s appearance, showing the effect that the Egypt Queen has on men, making her seem all the more powerful.Read More

Anthony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare was deeply concerned with the meanings of the classical past. His play Antony and Cleopatra concerns itself with a major theme from Renaissance culture: The importance and continued thriving of Europe’s Graeco-Roman culture. Yet in one sense, Shakespeare rebelled against the traditional portrayal of Rome by the narrator ofRead More

Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare presents the strength of Cleopatra’s determination in act 3, scene 7, as Enobarbus attempts to dissuade her from joining Antony in the battlefield. Despite being told that in Rome, Antony, already criticized for his frivolity, is mocked for handing over his command to women and a eunuch, she hyperbolicallyRead More

Roman soldier

It is not just through the characters that the theme of love and lust is developed in Act 1, Scene 1; the structure of the scene itself functions in such a way that the audiences’ first perspective of the love between Antony and Cleopatra is a disapproving look through theRead More

Cleopatra’s personal attendant

Charmian is Cleopatra’s personal attendant and she is very apt at dealing with Cleopatra and her moods. When Cleopatra says that she will kill the messenger Charmian proceeds to tell her to ‘keep within yourself. The man is innocent. ‘ (page 71 line 76-7) which clearly calms Cleopatra because sheRead More

Cleopatra and Antony

“A better title for this play would be ‘Cleopatra and Antony’ because Cleopatra is a dominant character throughout. Indeed, it might simply be called ‘Cleopatra’”. How far do you agree? How would a Jacobean audience react to her strength of character? Shakespeare structured ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ to mirror a historic loveRead More

Antony and Cleopatra and the poetry of John Donne

Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra presents a variety of representations of love, including transcendent and forbidden love. Throughout, Shakespeare expresses an unsurpassed love between them. However through both of their actions, the dramatist creates doubt in the audience’s mind as to whether this love is genuine. Similarly to Shakespeare, John Donne’sRead More