Antony and Cleopatra
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Text Analysis of “Antony and Cleopatra” by Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra is one of the most dramatic and complex plays ever written by Shakespeare. Critics see Cleopatra as a histrionic woman who is always looking to get what she wants. Antony, on the other hand, is depicted as a tragic hero who is divided between his willing to appease Cleopatra’s appetites and his duties to Rome. In this essay, we shall analyze the behaviors of Antony and Cleopatra in the Shakespeare’s play. Is Antony a fool, and Cleopatra a whore, as the critics depict them or are the characters something else? In this essay, we shall analyze the characters and share our thoughts. However do a thorough analysis, we shall examine both characters separately.
Concerning Antony, we can say that he is a broken man torn by his affections. On one hand, Cleopatra, the woman he loves. On the other, Rome, his homeland. “Let Rome in Tiber melt, / and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall! / Here is my space.” (Shakespeare I, 1). As we can see, the man is torn between whom he loves, and what he must do. In the same way, since he won his position by defeating Caesar, and Brutus, he knows his enemies can defeat him as well. Antony is concerned that he could have lost his honor since the moment he meddled with the Egyptian queen. The greatest concern of Antony is having lost his honor, and betraying his country. “Let your best love dr…
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