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

Antony And Cleopatra

Extracts from this document...


Compare and contrast the way in which Roman values are presented in Act II Scene II and the way that Egyptian values begin to impinge upon the value of the Roman states and know how exactly other Romans fall under the spell Act II Scene II is a rich piece of text, replete with oppositional imagery. We have the duty, honour and strategical strength of Rome pitted against the description of Cleopatra and the world of Egypt in a profligate hyperbolic manner. From the very commencement of Act II Scene II we are met with the third Triumvir, Lepidus, who is neither gallant like Antony nor politically judicious like Caesar. He lacks the power and command of his fellow triumvirs, he vainly tries to maintain a balance of power by keeping Caesar and Antony on amiable terms. He attempts to enlist the support of Enobarbus, Antony's trusted friend. The language Lepidus uses is far from authoritative even though he is a Triumvir, "Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed, and shall become you well, to entreat your captain, to soft and gentle speech." However Enobarbus replies that he will "entreat him / To answer like himself." ...read more.


or upholders of very masculine ideals and producers of soldiers. Caesar is quite unlike Antony when it comes to women and regards them as mere objects and is uncontrolled by them , whereas Antony does not handle his women as well as he handles Caesar; he is unable to control them in any way. Earlier in the play, Cleopatra was able to easily manipulate Antony. Now he admits that he could not control his own wife, Fulvia, "As for my wife, I would you had her spirit in such another: The third o' the world is yours; which with a snaffle, you may pace easy, but not such a wife." Obviously everything is not perfect between the two of them. This is further proven when he agrees to marry Octavia, Caesar's sister, in order to attempt reconciliation between Caesar and himself. For the moment, he is more concerned about his political life than his love affair with Cleopatra. The implications of this heated conversation between Antony and Caesar tells us of the disintegration between the relationship of the two triumvirs and the opinion that Caesar holds of Antony. ...read more.


North's pretty boys simply fan wind on Cleopatra, while Shakespeare has us look at her "delicate cheeks." North's "Some of them followed the barge" becomes "The city cast Her people out upon her." North ends his description with Antony alone in the market-place, but Shakespeare adds a final reference to Cleopatra, "and Antony, enthroned i' the market-place, did sit alone, whistling to the air; which, but for vacancy, had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too, and made a gap in nature." The verse by Enobarbus reflects Shakespeare's opulent mood here. The description of Cleopatra on her barge is described in such ornate, flowery verbose detail, Shakespeare adds words, notably adjectives, like "beaten." Ordinarily, Enobarbus sees events prosaically, rationally, realistically, ironically. When he tries to describe the image of Cleopatra, though, he becomes a poet. He uses language replete with hyperboles, i.e. "winds were love-sick" similes i.e. "Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides," and also paradoxes. Shakespeare started with North's "appareled and attired like the goddess Venus, commonly drawn in picture." He changed the ordinary text to "O'er picturing that Venus where we see / The fancy outwork nature," hence Enobarbus the hard-headed Roman transforms in which imagination surpasses nature. Shakespeare gives us the repetition of "burnish'd throne / Burnt on the water. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Antony & 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 GCSE Antony & Cleopatra essays

  1. Explore the love between antony and cleopatra throughout shakespeares play

    This displays of anger shows the upset she feels about the turn of events. Cleopatra is understandably jealous of her new rival Octavia of whom she knows very little about and demands details of her height, hair colour and her facial features - 'report the feature of Octavia, her years,

  2. Enobarbus's famous speech clearly shows an admiring opinion of Cleopatra from a Roman perspective. ...

    amorous of their strokes.' Shakespeare has personified nature to show that Cleopatra is so captivating and magnificent the elements have fallen for her instantly, much like 'when she first met Mark Antony, she pursed up his heart upon the river of Cydnus.'

  1. Evaluate his taints and honours, thus enabling us to draw our own conclusions about ...

    Antony may have gone back to Rome to patch up a peace with Caesar, but in our imaginations the plot is dominated by the secret forces of life that have placed Antony and Caesar on opposite and destructive sides. None of the characters can transcend these forces, and, as critic S.S.

  2. How, in your opinion, does Shakespeare use language throughout the play to present Cleopatra's

    Cleopatra is given an amazing description by Enobarbus in Act 2 Scene 2, he says "so perfumed that/The winds were lovesick with them". This infers that Cleopatra's presence affects everything around her, even nature itself. Describing the winds as "lovesick" suggests that it is impossible not to fall in love with her.

  1. "Rare Egyptian" or "Foul Egyptian"? Discuss how Cleopatra is presented to us. What is ...

    For a woman in a man's world, her power of seduction may be her greatest asset. With it, she can manipulate men to do whatever she wants. Cleopatra feels that her charms are declining, and possibly fears that her power may be at risk.

  2. How does Shakespeare use language to convey Enobarbus's wonder at Cleopatra nd her effect ...

    Cleopatra's servants are described as mermaids, "A seeming mermaid steers the silken tackle." and cupids, "Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids." Mermaids our beautiful creatures, which legend says bewitch ordinary folk and tempt them to join them at sea. This can be compared to Cleopatra tempting and alluring Antony.

  1. An exploration of the way in which Shakespeare presents the character of Enobarbus and ...

    different from his role after his lavish speech to Maecenas at the end of Act 2 scene 2. By this time in the play his character has already evolved into the truth teller, therefore, it being him whom speaks of Cleopatra creates a much more believable image for the audience to interpret.

  2. By close analysis of the passage (Line 200-250), explain what this adds to our ...

    Along with references to her "cloth-of-gold", we can see her personality reflected in these assets; very over-the-top and ostentatious. After meeting Antony in her lavish royal barge, she invited him to be her guest. Incredibly opulent, as well as being an exceptional hostess, she won his heart.

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