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Antony and Cleopatra - As a onetime outpost of Rome, England was greatly influenced by Roman genealogy-ancestors that were god-like (Mars), superhuman (Hercules), fearless warriors (Pompey) who flourished in a patriarchal society (ancient 4). I would like to discuss how Shakespeare uses these characteristics in his Roman tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, as a means to express sixteenth century England's cultural upheavals, one of which was the transformation of masculinity defined in terms of power to masculinity rooted in humanism....   [tags: Antony and Cleopatra]
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Tragic Heroism in Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra - In the tragedy “Antony and Cleopatra”, Shakespeare presents our protagonist Mark Antony as a tragic hero. He does this by using a number of dramatically effective methods, including language, staging techniques and structure. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as a character of noble stature who has a tragic flaw (usually hubris which is over confidence/arrogance) and suffers a downfall that is partially their fault but also due to factors beyond their control. The downfall they suffer exceeds the “crime” but the tragic hero gains some sort of self-awareness....   [tags: Antony And Cleopatra]
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Themes in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Antony & Cleopatra - Hamlet and Antony & Cleopatra are quite dramatic plays, they require an in depth look since they are significant in their own ways. Both of them have quite a lot of similarities and differences altogether. In terms of themes specifically they both have quite similar themes, ones that can be analyzed psychoanalytically and are represented and portrayed in a variety of different ways using characters, imagery, etc. These are quite interesting ways of portraying certain themes or ideas. Shakespeare with the help of these assets could properly project many ideas to the audience and appeal to them psychologically....   [tags: Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra ] 3142 words
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Essay on Relationships in Antony and Cleopatra - Destructive Power Relationships in Antony and Cleopatra   Antony and Cleopatra's “love” is not really about love at all.  Their interaction can only be considered a sort of immature lust-power relationship. Their relationship is shallow, self-centered, irresponsible and destructive. Their attraction for each other centers around infatuation and a sort of egoistic rush that they are more important than the world.  Just as a man or woman of today may attempt to control the desires of his or her intended, Cleopatra wants to manipulate Antony into wanting her: Cleopatra....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays Papers] 1241 words
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The Unlikely Heros of Antony and Cleopatra - The Unlikely Heros of Antony and Cleopatra In Shakespeares Antony and Cleopatra the two eponymous heroes, and lovers frequently contend with each other in a battle of words and wills. It is from these conflicts, that the reader learns most about each characters true nature. From the start of the play Antony is portrayed as a ruler who has lost his desire for dominance, a ruler who has lost his rigid loyalty to his empire, but instead has found his lover - Cleopatra. From the outset we have many reasons to dislike this influenced hero, yet as we find ourselves captivated in a play of conflicts, loyalty and war, he eventually wins our admiration....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays] 597 words
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Opposites Attract in Antony and Cleopatra - Opposites Attract in Antony and Cleopatra      William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is a play that is centred around a pair of historical lovers from two distinct cultures, Mark Antony from Rome and Queen Cleopatra from Egypt. The Roman and Egyptian cultures have vastly different norms and social ideas that are almost complete polar opposites in nature. These conflicting views are instrumental in the way that Cleopatra and Antony act. These two characters are so great in their respective societies that they serve as models to look to, although Antony may not be everybody's perfect vision of what a Roman should be....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays]
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William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is aptly named, not just because the play centers around these two characters, but also because it encompasses the play’s fixation on the lovers’ oppositional relationship. On the surface level, Antony embodies the Roman ideals of a good, noble man, while Cleopatra represents the hyper-sexualized, dangerous Eastern woman. However, upon further examination both Antony and Cleopatra display complicated internal conflicts that effectively reverse these polar positions repeatedly throughout the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Antony Cleopatra Essays]
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William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra “The triple pillar of the world transformed/Into a strumpet’s fool. Behold and see” (I.1.12). “I have eyes upon him” (III.6.61). Shakespeare’s Antony invites speculation and a greedy voyerism that can only be instigated by a protagonist who, despite perpetually being at the centre of discussion, manages to elude classification.This impression of opacity of character is enhanced by the fact that his own idea of himself and of his uncontrollable infatuation with Cleopatra is constantly mutating....   [tags: Shakespeare Antony Cleopatra Essays] 2002 words
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William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra “Heaven help the American-born boy with a talent for ballet” – Camille Paglia The prim and proper women and the strong and strapping men are no match for Shakespeare’s haze of character’s muddled together in Antony and Cleopatra. As always Shakespeare delivers a luminary cast of individuals that deviate from the socially accepted gender roles. As the audience works its way through the fierce genesis to the catastrophic resolution, it is made more than apparent that lines are being crossed all over society’s conformist board of gender specific expectations....   [tags: Shakespeare Antony Cleopatra Essays] 1016 words
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Essay on the Love Story of Antony and Cleopatra - The Love Story of Antony and Cleopatra      The tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra can be said to have an overall effect of comical lightness. In this way, it is altogether different from the preceding tragedies, although the tragedy that leads to the death and destruction of Antony and Cleopatra is definitely a matter of choice rather than of circumstances that engulf the hero. Yet, ultimately their tragic ending differs greatly from the ominous feeling of those that preceded it. Antony and Cleopatra concerns itself with typically distressing and grave imagery, most importantly the theme of permanent loss....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays]
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Essay on the Theme of Nature in Antony and Cleopatra - Antony and Cleopatra:  The Theme of Nature               Nature, described as mysterious and secretive, is a recurrent theme throughout Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.  Cleopatra, the ill-fated queen of Egypt, is both mysterious and secretive, and her emotional power is above and beyond nature’s great strength.  Whether described in a positive or in a negative manner, both nature and Cleopatra are described as being “great natural forces.”  Throughout the first act, the two are compared and contrasted by various characters in the play.  The first act, set in Alexandria, Egypt, sets the stage for the play and presents the majority of the actors....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays] 682 words
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Essay on the Importance of Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra - The Importance of Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra  In Shakespeare's play, Antony and Cleopatra, we are told the story of two passionate and power-hungry lovers. In the first two Acts of the play we are educated to the fact that they are entwined in an adulterous relationship, and that both of them are forced to show their devotion to Caesar. Along with being introduced to Antony and Cleopatra's strange love affair, we are introduced to some interesting secondary characters. The secondary character most important to the theme of the play is Enobarbus....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays] 859 words
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Triumph Over Tragedy in Antony and Cleopatra - Triumph Over Tragedy in Antony and Cleopatra       A plot summary of Antony and Cleopatra would suggest that it is a tragedy. The play focuses on the downfall of Antony as a Roman warrior due to his love affair with Cleopatra, as well as the suicides of both the protagonists. However, despite these incidents, the play lacks the somber note of Shakespeare's other tragedies. Cleopatra, who represents the merriment of Egyptian society, lends a sense of humor to the play that contrasts with the seriousness of Rome....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays]
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Politics and Love in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - Politics and Love in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra Although the political struggles in Antony and Cleopatra are often treated as backdrops to the supposedly more engaging love affair between the two title characters, these struggles permeate the entire play, and give the love story its heightened sense of importance and tragedy. The relationship between Antony and Cleopatra would not have attained its renown and immortality had they not had been extremely powerful and public figures. The conflict between public duty and personal desire is the underlying theme of the play, and how the characters respond to this conflict is what imbues the play with suspense and interest....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays]
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Female Power, Maternity and Genderbending in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - Female Power, Maternity and Genderbending in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra The 19th century essayist and literary critic William Hazlitt wrote of Cleopatra, "She is voluptuous, ostentatious, conscious, boastful of her charms, haughty, tyrannical, [and] fickle," which are "great and unpardonable faults" (Hazlitt 2-3). Much of the criticism of Antony and Cleopatra has recycled this judgement, depicting Cleopatra as a villainess uses her eroticism and sexuality to motivate Antony to seek power....   [tags: Shakespeare Antony Cleopatra Essays]
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Greco-Roman Influence in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - Greco-Roman Influence in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra Greco-Roman mythological images seem to dominate Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ever since the humanist revolution started, Renaissance writers, including Shakespeare, systematically tried to revive Greek literature and Greek mythology. It was an attempt to establish an alternative authority to Catholic scholastic dogma that has the stamp of antiquity. Shakespeare's knowledge of mythology was almost exclusively Roman, especially in relation to love and war....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays] 1407 words
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Free College Essays - The Use of Time in Antony and Cleopatra - Use of Time in Anthony and Cleopatra Shakespeare's use of time in Anthony and Cleopatra is seemingly [1] quite erratic. However, it is important to note that Shakespeare was a playwright and his job was to write interesting drama, not to accurately record details of history. It therefore seems quite unfair to expect him to use time in a precise manner. However, to dismiss Shakespeare's use of time as merely a mistake or the by product of his dramatisation of history [2]is to do it injustice....   [tags: Antony Cleopatra Essays] 1082 words
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Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare - ... In one of the final scenes of the book when Antony killed himself, the readers truly experienced the strife Antony experienced throughout the entire story. He acted like the true, noble Roman he once was when he yelled at Cleopatra and threatened to kill her after the second time she betrayed him in battle against Caesar. However, his love took over at the end when Cleopatra’s messenger tells Antony she killed herself and exclaimed “Antony. Most noble Antony!” before doing so. Antony quickly feels remorse and says he will join her in death and beg for her forgiveness....   [tags: roman and egyptian values, characters] 961 words
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Antony and Cleopatra - ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. The simplicity of the Jacobean Stage and its lack of scenery focused the audiences’ attention on the actors. Discuss how Shakespeare created the grandeur of the Worlds of Rome and Egypt, and the magnificence of the protagonists, through his use of imagery in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. The play of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ was written in 1606, and is mainly set in their respective worlds of Rome and Egypt. ‘Antony and Cleopatra,’ like Shakespeare’s other plays was written to be performed on the Jacobean Stage....   [tags: essays research papers] 2435 words
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Antony and Cleopatra - The representations and interplay of types of power: In Shakespeare’s famous play Antony and Cleopatra, the powerful are portrayed including their personalities, their reactions to other powerful figures and the interplay of these powers as the characters interact. Antony’s Power: Shakespeare uses Rome and Egypt as binary opposites not just to reflect qualities inherent in the two places, but the changes that come upon Antony depending on which place he is in. The changes in Antony’s behaviour and power-usage patterns can be seen through Shakespeare’s constant juxtaposition of the Egyptian and Roman worlds....   [tags: essays research papers] 416 words
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Antony and Cleopatra - Joseph Innes How does Shakespeare present the sense of opposites or polarities And what is the importance of these to the play. William Shakespeare wrote Antony and Cleopatra around 1606, during the reign of King James ². The play is a history, set in the time of the Roman Empire many centuries before it was written and based on the well-documented history of Octavius Caesar, Marc Antony and Cleopatra. These characters and their lives were contained in primarily one document: Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, which was translated by Sir Thomas North in 1579....   [tags: essays research papers] 1838 words
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Antony and Cleopatra - Antony and Cleopatra The legend of Cleopatra has percolated in the world consciousness for the past 2000 years. By the time Shakespeare wrote the tragedy Antony and Cleopatra the alluring reputation of the queen had existed primarily as a biased representation of a foreign female who insinuated herself into the Roman power structure. Shakespeare’s role in perpetuating the allure of the last of the Ptolemaic rulers was the result of synthesizing the existing biases and distilling the dichotomy between the woman and the queen....   [tags: William Shakespeare Plays Literature Essays]
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Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra is a play in which the balance of power swings interestingly between two lovers. It is set in the First Century BC between Rome and Egypt. Antony is one of the three members of the second triumvirate who jointly rule the Roman Empire. Antony is the eponymous tragic hero, who allows his love for Cleopatra to cloud his judgement. According to Aristotle this is hamartia, an error of judgment caused by fate. This leads to his downfall....   [tags: Papers] 1197 words
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Antony and Cleopatra and The Aeneid - There are two reasons why The Aeneid is associated with the Shakespearean play Antony and Cleopatra. First, The Aeneid was written by a Roman named Virgil who, among many other reasons, wrote it as a tribute for Augustus Caesar, the leader of the Roman Empire. Augustus Caesar was formally named Octavian and is a character in Shakespeare's play. Secondly, both The Aeneid and Antony and Cleopatra share a common theme of a patriotic, heroic man having to choose between duty to his country and the passionate love of a beautiful, foreign and strong queen....   [tags: Compare Contrast]
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The Language of Antony and Cleopatra - The Language of Antony and Cleopatra In act 1 scene 1, Philo begins by complaining to Demetrius that Cleopatra has transformed Antony from a great general to a whore's fool. The scene is based on the true love affair and the romance between the two characters. However there is an ambiguous nature to the passage, as we are not given a clear indication of Cleopatra's feelings, whether she is angry or whether it is all light hearted. The scene begins with Antony and Cleopatra entering, with great drama as Cleopatra has Eunuchs fanning her and attending her every need....   [tags: Papers] 1317 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - Analysis of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra The most influential writer in all of English literature, William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to a successful middle-class glove maker in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare attended grammar school, but his formal education proceeded no further. In 1582 he married an older woman, Anne Hathaway, and had three children with her. Around 1590 he left his family behind and traveled to London to work as an actor and playwright. Public and critical acclaim quickly followed, and Shakespeare eventually became the most popular playwright in England and part-owner of the Globe Theater....   [tags: William Shakespeare Playwrights Literature Essays] 5099 words
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Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra opens with a five-scene act, four of which takes place in Egypt and one in Rome. In the opening act of the play, the audience is introduced to several characters, some of which play a prominent role throughout the play and others that only appear in the opening act and remain anonymous to the audience in spite of their crucial theatrical function. The opening act provides a stir of varying tones and moods which allow the audience to be emotionally involved with the characters on stage....   [tags: Papers] 1692 words
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Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra - Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra Antony bears the guilt: Shakespeare writes ' Antony and Cleopatra ' in a way where the reader places the blame on Cleopatra. Cleopatra brings the downfall of Mark Antony herself. Shakespear proves this play a tragedy by selecting characteristics of ill fated lovers in Antony and Cleopatra. Poor Antony turns victim to Cleopatra's enslavement, and forgets his duties in Rome. Antony is a disgrace to his Roman self, and "loses himself to dotage" of Cleopatra....   [tags: Papers] 432 words
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The tragic in Antony and Cleopatra - The tragic in Antony and Cleopatra His captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. Antony and Cleopatra seems to have a special place in Shakespeare's works because it is at a crossroad between two types of play. It clearly belongs to what are generally called the 'Roman' plays, along with Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. But it is also considered a tragedy. The importance of history in the play cannot be denied, especially where it is compared to Shakespeare's 'great' tragedies such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet....   [tags: Shakespeare Tragedy Plays Papers]
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Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare In Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, the presentation and development of the relationships among the triumvirs, Caesar, Antony and Lepidus becomes a pivotal concern. As the play progresses, the dynamics of the triumvirate changes and becomes more complicated, providing the audience with the main political conflict that sometimes overshadows the romance of the title characters in the play. Shakespeare provides the audience with several different images of the triumvirate through different characters....   [tags: Papers] 1746 words
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William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra Throughout the play, Antony grapples with the conflict between his love for Cleopatra and his duties to the Roman Empire. In his opening lines to Demetrius, Philo complains that Antony has abandoned the military endeavours on which his reputation is based for Cleopatra's sake. His criticism of Antony's "dotage," or stupidity, introduces a tension between reason and emotion that runs throughout the play. Antony and Cleopatra's first exchange heightens this tension, as they argue whether their love can be put into words and understood or whether it exceeds such faculties and boundaries of reason....   [tags: Papers] 951 words
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English Coursework- Antony and Cleopatra - English Coursework- Antony and Cleopatra “Compare Shakespeare’s presentation of Antony in the Egyptian scenes with his presentation of Antony in the Roman scenes” Shakespeare presents Antony in Egypt and Antony in Rome, in a very contrasting way. We see a man who almost contradicts his own self, dependant upon the company he is in. A great leader, yet he falls before Cleopatra. Antony is presented as the epitome of Roman masculinity, Philo describing Antony in the opening- “…those his goodly eyes, that o’er the files and musters of the war have glow’d like Mars…his captain’s heart, which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst the buckles on his breas...   [tags: Papers] 1294 words
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William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra In the play Antony and Cleopatra, the character of Cleopatra is one of many dimensions and be seen a person of complex diversity. Her personality is mainly about taking life as one big celebration most of her time in Egypt....   [tags: Papers] 1593 words
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The Selfishness of Human Nature in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - ... There identify apart is found in the desperate desire to assert dominance as leaders in their own country and among followers. Anthony takes pride in the glory of military accomplishments and his former production of masculinity stemming from a primal nature. While Cleopatra’s selfishness is defined by her hypersexual nature and enchantment of Antony. This particular elevation of Cleopatra’s egocentrism happens after Antony’s death: Nay, ’tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers Ballad us out o’ tune....   [tags: hypersexulaized, affair, suicide] 641 words
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William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra While Mark Antony is a great general, one of the three triumvant, it is indeed impossible to feel sympathy for him in his extreme "dotage" for Cleopatra. He "fishes, drinks and wastes the lamps of night in revel", hence destroying his own reputation, and even losing his masculinity, and thus, respect. In the opening scene of the play, even before Antony appears, he is constituted by the ideological structure of the Roman world....   [tags: Papers] 876 words
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Love Styles of Antony and Cleopatra and Romeo and Juliet - ... His life is, at this point, centered around Juliet and he cannot see anything else that matters. There are quite a few differences between their female counter parts as well. Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, is not very well respected because of her attitude towards love. She views love as a game and she believes that she can do whatever she pleases in her relationships. She has no limits when it comes getting what she wants. Cleopatra is very manipulative. On the occasion that she finds out that Antony is married, she tricks him into thinking she is dead when indeed she is not....   [tags: tumultuous relationships, shakespeare] 1685 words
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Enobarbus in William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra - Antony’s confidant, he deserted his comrade before the battle of Alexandria and dies of shame. Enobarbus, in William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, often functions as a detached observer on events and on other characters. His comments are generally objective and filled with cynicism but never without truth behind them. Such a character not only blends within him the elements of loyalty and betrayal, wittiness and honesty, but also performs important roles in the better understanding of the other major characters in the play....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Cleopatra in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra - Cleopatra in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra This passage paints a very vivid image of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. Shakespeare uses a great deal of hyperbolic imagery and exaggerated language to achieve this. The tone of Enobarbus seems quite excited and eager; it’s clear that he feels comfortable describing his antics in Egypt and the beauty of its enchanting queen. Enobarbus’s famous speech clearly shows an admiring opinion of Cleopatra from a Roman perspective....   [tags: Papers] 475 words
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Antony and Cleopatra - Love Story or Tragedy - Question `Shakespeare doesn't organize his tragedy as a drama of love between Antony and Cleopatra, but as a drama of the rise and fall of Antony in the struggle for world leadership'. What is your view. Answer Fundamentally, I disagree with this interpretation of the play. Indeed we do see the fall of the great Marc Antony but the play never actually depicts scenes of his rise to prominence. `Antony and Cleopatra' is renowned as one of the greatest love stories of all time and I align myself with this conception....   [tags: European Literature] 1266 words
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Shakespeare presents Antony, Cleopatra, and Caesar as committed only to their Images in Antony and Cleopatra - The language Shakespeare uses in Antony and Cleopatra is concerned overwhelmingly with image and display. As Enobarbus describes the first meeting of the lovers we are drawn in to a world of colour and wealth, ‘The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,/ Burned on the water’. Cleopatra herself is described in even more majestic – even divine – terms, ‘o’erpicturing’ the goddess Venus. Antony himself is ‘the crown of the earth’, whose eyes ‘glowed like plated Mars’, while Caesar is ‘a Jove’, whose ascendancy will bring ‘the time of universal peace’ – an allusion, Rene Weis suggests, to the everlasting kingdom of Christ....   [tags: essays research papers] 1090 words
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Shakespeare's Use of Language in Antony and Cleopatra - Shakespeare's Use of Language in Antony and Cleopatra Enobarbus uses the phrase "infinite variety" to describe the beauty and wonder of Cleopatra to Agrippa and Maecenas in Act 2 Scene 2. In the context of the whole play I believe it is a perfect description of how Cleopatra uses the different aspects of her character. Shakespeare uses language, imagery and structure to show the different sides of her personality. This allows Cleopatra to be interpreted in many ways by the actress and the audience....   [tags: Papers] 1854 words
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A Comparison of Wealth in Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest - The Importance of Wealth in Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest       Wealth and it’s relationship to poverty figures in heavily in two of the plays we have read thus far in class. In both Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest we are treated to characters and situations that deal with wealth and poverty. Specifically however, both plays have visions of an abundance of wealth that seems at times both corruptible and foolish. In Antony and Cleopatra we have their excessive behavior and flaunting, which proves to be a vice that grips them much to tightly....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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How Does Shakespeare Construct the Conditions for Tragedy in Antony and Cleopatra? - Dramatic tragedy classically explores the downfall and death of a protagonist from a high status. Shakespeare constructs the conditions for tragedy within Antony and Cleopatra through the protagonists’ conflicts. For example, Antony is pulled in different directions by two competing loyalties: his political duties and his love for Cleopatra. In Act One, Antony, “The triple pillar of the world”, has “become the bellows and the fan / To cool a gipsy’s lust.” Philo’s metaphor presents Antony as “the bellows” and “the fan”....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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William Shakespeare's Presentation of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Presentation of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra The presentation of Cleopatra in Act three Scene thirteen is quite ambiguous. Her presentation in the rest of the play is also very contrasting and distinct. I believe Shakespeare concentrated on demonstrating Cleopatra's personality and ambiguity to emphasise that, being the only central female in the play, it is even more surprising that she manages to act the way she does, with such an alarming range of emotions, for example forging illness for attention and accusing Antony of leaving Egypt for the wrong reasons....   [tags: Papers] 2027 words
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Comparing the Treatment of Death in the Movie Antz and Antony and Cleopatra - Comparing the Treatment of Death in the Movie Antz and Antony and Cleopatra At first sight, Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and the movie Antz seem to bear little resemblance to each other. Not only does a time period of almost 400 years separate the publication of Antony and Cleopatra from the first broadcast of Antz, but the very species of the characters differ as well. Yet, in the two stories the characters’ thoughts and actions are surprisingly similar, especially in regard to the thematic elements of war and death....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 843 words
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Shakespeare’s Presentation of Rome and Egypt in Antony and Cleopatra - Shakespeare’s Presentation of Rome and Egypt in Antony and Cleopatra As the title clearly suggests, Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is based around the extraordinary relationship among two distinctive individuals, one a Roman general and the other an Egyptian queen. Along with Caesar who is also a Roman general, these entities dominate the play’s tragic storyline progression. However whilst Antony and Cleopatra centres around a provocative love affair, Shakespeare makes it evident that there is a good deal larger tensions involved, a collision course between two worlds....   [tags: Papers] 1171 words
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William Shakespeare's Presentation of Domitius Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Presentation of Domitius Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra Traditionally Shakespeare's use of the role of a chorus is seen to have been used as an insight for the audience into the prophesy of future events and what to expect throughout the play, usually by a secondary character. In 'Antony and Cleopatra', Shakespeare expands the role of the chorus within his presentation of Enobarbus. Enobarbus does not merely illustrate what consequences Antony's and Cleopatra's actions will have but plays a significant and vital character whose actions earn the admiration of the audience....   [tags: Papers] 1190 words
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The Central Concerns of the Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare - The Central Concerns of the Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare This essay will look at two of the central concerns in Antony and Cleopatra, namely reason versus passion and the public versus private domains. These two central concerns of the play are clearly illustrated in the extract we are provided with. I will mainly focus on the character of Antony in this essay as it is within him that these two concerns of the play are most evident. In the beginning of the play we see that Mark Antony has been neglecting his duties as part of the triumvirate of Rome as he has been staying with his mistress Cleopatra....   [tags: Papers] 1433 words
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The Last Queen of Egypt Cleopatra - ‘The Last Queen of Egypt’ Cleopatra Cleopatra was born during a time dominated by men, but she overcame her stereotype by becoming one of Egypt’s most successful leaders. The most notable thing about Cleopatra was not that she was just a successful ruler, but rather that she was the most influential woman of her time. Cleopatra’s Father, Ptolemy XII was the seventh Pharaoh in a line of unmemorable Ptolemaic rulers. Because of her father, she was exposed to royalty at an early age. This affected her decisions, as she always put Egypt before herself....   [tags: Ancient Egypt ] 1080 words
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