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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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