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What Do You Consider To Be the Function Enorbarbus Has In Act I and Act II?

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What Do You Consider To Be the Function Enorbarbus Has In Act I and Act II? Enorbarbus is Antony's lieutenant and friend and Shakespeare continually develops Enorbarbus' character, role and functions within the plot throughout the first two acts. This cynically acclaimed character is one of the most remarkable in the play and contributes to the drama in many ways. From the very first time the audience sees Enorbarbus we can sense that one of his purposes to the play is that he is very sympathetic and supportive to his friend Antony. In Act I Scene 2 when Antony confesses he wished he had never met Cleopatra; "I must from this enchanting queen break off". Instead of going along with what he said Enorbarbus suggests that if that did happen then Antony would have missed "wonderful piece of work". ...read more.

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His witticism, another function, shows the audience that deep down he feels extremely sorry for Antonys loss but wants his friend to feel better as soon as possible. However it appears too much for Antony and he asks Enorbarbus to stop mocking him with, "No more light answers". In Act II Scene 1, before the Triumvirs assemble, the tactful Lepidus attempts to influence Enorbarbus to keep Antony quiet and calm by "entreating your captain". Enorbarbus once again sticks by Antony and uses a simile to tell Lepidus that he prefers his captain to speak his mind and will not have him silenced; "Let Antony look over Caesar's head and speak as loud as mars". Another of Enorbarbus' functions is honesty and he stands up for he believes to be right. ...read more.

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This is emphasised when he tries to stop Pompey gossiping to Antony about Julius Caesar and Cleopatra's old love affair. He comes right out and says to Pompey " I never loved you much" but is prepared to let him have his claim. Pompey recognises his "plainness"; this shows the audience that the other characters within the play distinguish Enorbarbus' important functions, in this case honesty in speaking. In a clever and playful conversation with Pompeys lieutenant Menas, he remains loyal to Antony, but bluntly says "He will to his Egyptian dish again" and he also predicts that the marriage to Octavia will produce even more tension and friction between the "brothers". Shakespeare has created a character with such functions as being truthful, honourable, witty and worldly. Without Enorbarbus in the play there would be no clear insights on political and characters personal judgements. ...read more.

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