Essays on Cleopatra

Еhe characters of Cleopatra

The adjective “great” signifies the power of her sexuality, which has now enthralled two leaders of the Roman Empire, yet there is also an implicit criticism of her emasculating effect as her partners turn from their duty and tarnish their great military reputations. There is […]

Antony and Cleopatra

Further conflict develops in the opening two acts through the clashing of Roman ideals and Egyptian values. Consequently, Antony’s attempt to merge these two incompatible lifestyles leads to hostility and drama in the play, primarily between Caesar and the tragic hero. This is illustrated in […]

Shakespeares Antony and Cleopatra

However, as Act 1 progresses, arguments between the pair become much more frequent and it becomes obvious their relationship is not always a happy one. The topic of Antony’s wife, Fulvia, causes much disruption between the pair, and following news of her death in Scene […]

Shakespear’s Anthony and Cleopatra

Within Act 2, Scene 3, Antony encounters the Soothsayer, who was previously in Act 1, Scene 2. Within the second Act, the Soothsayer says a number of things which highlights the fate of Antony. The Soothsayer also gives expression to Antony’s thoughts and feelings. The […]

Antony and Cleopatra

In Act 5 of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, Maecenas says that Antony’s ‘taints and honours waged equal with him’. To what extent, and in what ways, does Shakespeare prepare the audience for this view in the first two acts of the play? In Shakespeare’s ‘Antony and […]

Comparison to Cleopatra

She is bland in comparison to Cleopatra, who we recognise as our heroine, and we do not feel bonded to her. However she is perhaps an obvious example of how the rules of Jacobean society was snubbed by Shakespeare. Octavia is the ideal wife according […]

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra is a stage play written by William Shakespeare in the 17th Century. The plot of Antony and Cleopatra is centred round the struggle between East and West, which is not only between two geographically distinct empires but also between two diametrically opposed […]

Cleopatra’s timeless fascination exists

Cleopatra’s timeless fascination exists for the characters of the play, for Shakespeare’s public and ourselves as a modern audience. – How do you respond to this statement from your reading of the play? Shakespeare’s plays all have universal themes incorporated within the play such as love, […]

Cleopatra’s moods

Cleopatra quickly weaves an intricate yet sarcastic response to the possibilities of the incoming news, whether it is from the “shrill-tongued Fulvia” asking to do his bidding or even a “dismission” from Caesar. Antony, unknowing of her true intentions continues to praise the matriarch and […]

Antony and Cleopatra

Act one scene one in structure and imagery is a microcosm of the play. Examine this scene in detail assessing what clues there are about the future. Act one scene one of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ is a microcosm of the whole play, it miniaturises the […]