According to Aristotle this is hamartia, an error of judgment caused by fate. This leads to his downfall. Cleopatra is the Queen of Egypt; she is a very clever yet volatile lady. We follow their relationship and changes in power between them throughout the play in chronological order. The great feeling of love between the two characters allows the play to have unexpected twists.
Caesar and Agrippa are depicted as reasonable, logical, and practical, especially in matters of strategy and war. Cleopatra and her servants and eunuchs are consistently referred to in terms of laziness, let... ... middle of paper ... ...ication of her superior intelligence. She understands that, should she live, she will be taken to Rome and will suffer the humiliation of seeing "some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness / I' th' posture of a whore" (V, ii, 216-217). iv In addition, Cleopatra has demonstrated her readiness in the past to ruin Egypt for Antony's sake. Without blinking, she considers "unpeopling" her country in order to send a new messenger to Antony in Rome every day.
While acting as a friend and promoter of Antony, Enobarbus lets the audience in on some of the myth and legend surrounding Cleopatra. Probably his biggest role in the play is to exaggerate Anthony and Cleopatra's relationship. Which he does so well in the following statements: When she first met Mark Antony, she pursed up his heart, upon the river of Cydnus. (II.ii.188-189) The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold; Purple the sails, and so perfumed that The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver, (II.
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. Cleopatra is pushing Antony to describe how much he loves her and this shows her power and demand for the declaration of Antony's love.
The Fictional Character Cleopatra The fictional character of Cleopatra has captured the imaginations of people the world over. Helen of Troy was said to have had ‘the face that launched a thousand ships.’ Cleopatra was not simply a beautiful and passive face, but indeed commanded navies as well as the heart of the powerful Mark Antony. Looking at these two facts from the play one may see the political brilliance in her affections, but also the dichotomy. Which one of her loves is true, and which is of an illusory nature? There is a constant battle between her passion towards the mighty Roman and her yearning for sovereignty and the glory of Egypt on her own terms.
“Let's do it after the high Roman fashion, And make death proud to take us.” (Shakespeare 4.15.88) That quote is from Cleopatra herself which shows even her admiration for the rules and honor bound Roman people. Now egypt and Cleopatra are more luxury based with fashion and glamour ruling supreme in the eyes of Cleopatra. “For her own person, It beggar'd all description. She did lie In her pavilion, cloth-of-gold, of tissue, O'er Picturing that Venus where we see the fancy outwork nature.” (Shakespeare 2.2.191) The differences of these two powers are also their strengths Rome uses military force, rules, honor, and duty. Egypt is grandeur, luxury, passion, and power achieved by Cleopatra’s persuasive charm.
At that instant, Lady shifts from a human to a pleutonic she-bea... ... middle of paper ... ...play, and are apparent through textual evidence. Lady Macbeth starting out as a womanly brute, changes to a more guilt filled person. Macbeth transforms from a valiant noble to a crazed maniac. Macbeth’s “open book face” changes into a closed book, once Lady Macbeth tells him to act like an innocent flower, yet be the serpent under it. “Macbeth’s ambition might suggest his inclusion in this category, but I submit that Lady Macbeth portrays the true choleric figure of the play, and the most memorable choleric female in Shakespeare… Not only does she invoke the aid of the supernatural, but she begs the spirits to transform her into a wicked, choleric villainess, which she views as her only pragmatic option to successfully secure the crown.” (Fahy28).
The tension between the title characters creates the love that draws them together at the same time as it drives them further apart, thus establishing yet another layer of antagonistic relationships within the play. The importance of these oppositional relationships is underlined most starkly in Act II.2. In particular Enobarbus’ speech describing Cleopatra’s beauty functions as one of the greatest statements of the play’s conflicting themes. This speech reflects the antagonistic nature of the play’s central relationships through the invocation of equivalent antagonistic relationships between the violent descriptors used to depict Cleopatra. Throughout the play, Shakespeare establishes a love-hate relationship between Antony and Cleopatra.
In particular natural imageries have been used to convey a human connection with the natural world and human nature (Franklin, 1995). Eyre portrays the intrinsic struggle between supernatural and the effects of nature. Branflinger and Thesing (2002) argue that Bronte used Gothic and the supernatural to explore and portray the darkest alleys of her own psyche which Bronte was deeply disturbed by (p309). Matters regarding the supernatural are evident from the author’s life from the recordings in the “Roe Head Journal”. During 1836, Bronte became obsessed with the imaginary world and struggled to accept her vivid imagination around the Angrian world.
MACBETH RELATIONSHIP ANALYSIS I found the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth very interesting in the play. In Act I they are completely devoted to each other. Love, respect and trust are the contents of their relationship. The trust in the relationship is revealed right at the beginning when Macbeth sends his wife a letter telling her about the witches and the predictions “This have I thought good to deliver to thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thee mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. '; (I, v, 10-13).