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Cleopatra's credibility as a bewitching and paradoxical, "Royal Wench," relies heavily on Shakespeare's deliberate structure and use of language In Act 2 Scene 2?

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Cleopatra's credibility as a bewitching and paradoxical, "Royal Wench," relies heavily on Shakespeare's deliberate structure and use of language In Act 2 Scene 2? In this scene Cleopatra is portrayed as a very bewitching and seductive woman. The just and unbiased Roman, Enobarbus, the truth teller of the play explains, to two followers of Caesar, his thoughts and feelings regarding Cleopatra. Enobarbus begins by telling us "the barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water." Shakespeare immediately uses language that enlightens us about Cleopatra's personality and figure. He uses this metaphor to tell us that Cleopatra is so seductive and fiery that she sets barges on fire with her amazingly seductive looks and unlimited lust. This action of water being on fire is transcending the impossible; this could be a reference to Cleopatra's capability to surpass the impossible, that she is such a woman that could do this. ...read more.

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"that Venus where we see." The elements are literally coming alive around this supernatural being. This reference to her being the goddess 'Venus' also enhances her sexual appeal and reputation as Venus or Cleopatra is the goddess of love. She is referred to as a "royal wench", and this is the one section of the scene where Cleopatra's ability is undermined. She is more than a wench and a temptress, but a goddess of love. Throughout the scene Shakespeare uses language that refers to Gods and Goddesses and religious heavenly themes. He uses "Venus", "Cupids" and "holy priests," which add to the scenes many celestial and divine images and we are led to believe, to be around and live with Cleopatra, and to be her lover must be like living in nirvana, a paradise that only Cleopatra withholds. Shakespeare also uses language that refers to mythical and legendary beings. ...read more.

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"Whistling to th'air; which, but for vacancy, had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too," This hyperbole goes to the extent where we see Antony on his grand throne, one third of the triumvirate of the world, alone and as he tries to whistle, he finds cannot as there is no air with which to whistle with, because the air has also left to gaze on Cleopatra. This extremely exaggerated statement is Enobarbus trying to explain the extent of her bewitching faculty. Another reference to Cleopatra's supernatural power is when, she" hops forty paces through the public street;" and is not even breathless or fatigued. Maecenas then interrupts and breaks up Enobarbus' speech and says, "Now Antony must leave her utterly." Enobarbus replies that he will not and could not, her influence and magnetism upon him is too strong. He is infatuated with Cleopatra and Enobarbus throws a sequence of reasons why she has Antony wrapped around her little finger. ...read more.

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