• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Who is to blame for the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra? Antony bears the guilt

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Sarah Rayner Who is to blame for the 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. He also forgets of his marriage to Caesars sister Octavia and flees back to Egypt, to Cleopatra. If Antony flees to Cleopatra of his own free will, then how is she responsible for his actions? ...read more.

Middle

Cleopatra's to blame for the tragedies: Cleopatra is the main root of Mark Antonys downfall from a well respected and powerful leader of Rome, to a man who spent his days frolicking in Egypt. To Agrippa Enobarbus describes how Antony fell under the spell of Cleopatra "When she first met Mark Antony she purs'd up his heart upon the river of Cycnus", In other words she dominated him from that point on. Antony went to Egypt with his only political purpose Rome. Over the course of time however, Cleopatra's engineering, Antony lost his purpose. Caesar himself feels Antony has fallen from his glory and honour as well as the following: "Thou didst drink The stale of horses and the gilded puddle Which beasts would cough at; thy palate then did design ...read more.

Conclusion

Cleopatra answered "By sea what else?" Antonys decision therefore was swayed by Cleopatra, even though land combat was his strength. Her cowardly emotions in the end leave her to desert Antony, and leave him stranded at sea. Cleopatra is also the main cause for Antony's own death. In her own selfishness she orders Eros to tell Antony she has killed herself. Upon receiving this news Antony kills himself without further motive. It can be said that Antonys life was in his own hands, but if Cleopatra hadn't played mind games, than Antony would have never committed suicide in that context. Both Antony and Cleopatra Are to blame: This is due to the fact that they were both disloyal and untrue to significant feelings equally. Antony was to blame for his and Cleopatra's deaths, as he tried too hard to split himself between Rome and Egypt. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Antony and Cleopatra section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Antony and Cleopatra essays

  1. Analysis of scene one - Antony and Cleopatra

    (Antony needs to tell him the news three times), he quickly becomes cynical, telling Antony that Fulvia's death would only be sad if there were no other women left on earth. While this might be a real bit of misogyny on Enobarbus' part, it also refers to Antony's relationship with Cleopatra.

  2. Antony was a strong leader in Rome; he met Cleopatra after his friend Julius ...

    time dreaming about Cleopatra than being of any use "Nay but this dotage of our general's O'er flows the measure". This is said by Philo who thinks that Antony who once watched over an army like a god (Hercules) and is now unsettled and looks upon a coloured girl.

  1. Cleopatra: A True Feminine Tragedy

    1.2, 147-155) Enobarbus is the first to see Cleopatra for what she truly is. Through this dialog, Cleopatra is described as easily influenced by many different outside sources. This reinforces the idea that her femininity is one of the main reasons of her psychological instability.

  2. Shakespear's Anthony and Cleopatra.

    him an excuse to return to Egypt, to live with Cleopatra, so this may work in Antony's favour after all. Finally, although the Soothsayer does not bring good news to Antony, the Soothsayer adds a great deal of drama to the scene.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work