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Enobarbus describes Cleopatra as 'a wonderful piece of work' How far would you agree with this view? In your answer you should include detail and reference to the language and action of at least two passages.

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Enobarbus describes Cleopatra as 'a wonderful piece of work' How far would you agree with this view? In your answer you should include detail and reference to the language and action of at least two passages. Enobarbus is Antony's right hand man aiding him with important political and social matters. We can see that he is not afraid to speak his mind in the most powerful of company. 'Or,if you borrow one another's love for instant, You may, when your hear no more words of Pompey, return it again. You shall have time to wrangle in when you have nothing else to do' It seems that Enobarbus has the clarity and lack of emotional attachment that Antony requires. Antony is completely infatuated with Cleopatra and Enobarbus is aware that Antony will never leave her .His opinion of Cleopatra comes from a worried friend as well as a responsible political aid to Antony. The statement is a double entendre and can be construed in two different ways. At first we can see that Enobarbus expresses both a genuine admiration for Cleopatra 'Alack,sir,no he passion are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love' He then however implies and expresses the dangerous and unpredictability of Cleopatra personality. This is emphasised by the natural imagery used that brings on connotations of a dangerous and unpredictable personality 'they are greater storms and tempests then almanacs can report' Here Enobarbus expresses cynical awareness of Cleopatra cunningness Signs of Cleopatra's 'wonderful' nature are populated throughout the play especially in Act1 Scene 3.Here Cleopatra is present with her personal attendants while sending a provoking message to Antony due to her frustrations of Antony's absence. ...read more.

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In Act 2 Scene 5, Cleopatra's palace is the setting for he moodily waiting for Antony's return. The ambience is very rousing and tense. This is shown by alliteration used echoing a scene from the twelfth night, another Shakespearian play. The atmosphere is full of sexual tension and innuendoes, which is reflected by the short sentences used in the dialogue. 'Give me some music: music, moody food of us that trade in love' This is a classic example of Cleopatra dual nature where a swift change in mood occurs .Within a couple of seconds she decide that she doesn't want music. 'let it alone. Lets to billiards. Come Charmain' And then again changes her mind about the billiards. 'I'll none now' The thought of fishing reminds Cleopatra of the sunny days as she drank under the table and played amorous games with Antony .The fish metaphor could be an under tone for her ever changing depositions which can resemble a flickering fish. This is because every time you think her personality is established, Shakespeare presents an alternate view. 'I will betray Twany-finned fishes' The Egyptian complacency is embodied in land's queen: Cleopatra does not make decisions of state, or rush to implement policy or make war. She lies around enjoying being Cleopatra in the sun, fishing. In this scene, her tone is light and humorous with a suggestion of agitation as she is unsettled due to Antony's absence. Here Cleopatra's character shows a variety of personalities as she tries to illustrate how she dressed up Antony, wearing each other's clothes. ...read more.

Conclusion

Cleopatra does not need to do anything to earn her throne. Not once do we see Cleopatra making an important, effective decision of state. Rule means pleasure; the contrast is to Antony who would surely use power for different ends. Enobarbus's perspective is that of a Roman which feels threatened about her beauty and open sexuality. The Romans stand to lose their honour of kingdoms through her agency. When Cleopatra takes the stage, she does so as an actress, elevating her passion, grief and outrage to the most dramatic and captivating level. As Enobarbus says, the queen did not walk through the street, but rather 'Hop(ped) forty paces... And having lost her breath, she spoke and panted, That she did make defect perfection, And breathless, pour breath forth. In conclusion, I believe that Enobarbus's description 'a wonderful piece of work' related to Cleopatra is correct and because she is indeed a wonderful women who is able to use her power and sexuality to control the dominant sex in her time. Men of all stature acknowledge this and feel inferior and less powerful which is why she seems a threat. Her mood fluctuates incredibly, which makes her a dynamic person. This maybe the reason why Antony has become infatuated and addicted to Cleopatra. She has also been described as cunning, which also seems to be true as she treats life as a game. She is able to seduce and play tricks on any man she wished successful. Her presence in the play is breathtaking an exciting as there is not a dull moment in her presence. This is why I agree with Enobarbus statement. ...read more.

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