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

The Character of Enorbarbus

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Character of Enorbarbus Enobarbus's character can be seen as the most striking invention of Shakespeare. As the lieutenant of Antony, he contributes to the drama in a number of ways. He is sympathetic to Antony from the start, loyal and fellow feeling. Instead of agreeing with Antony at the beginning where he says he wishes he had never met Cleopatra, Enobarbus replies that, had that been the case, Antony would have missed "a wonderful piece of work". (I.2.154-5). He does not share the perspective of his fellow Roman soldiers Philo and Demetrius in the opening scene, in fact he seems to enjoy life in Egypt contributing with appreciative comments on Cleopatra. "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. (149 II.2.245) When Antony says of Cleopatra, "She is cunning past man's thought", Enobarbus disagrees, "Alack, sir, no: her passions are made of/ nothing but the finest part of pure love" (I.2.146-8). ...read more.

Middle

(139, II.2.200) together with his ingenuity and humour, makes him perfect for the exotic description given to his peers from Caesar's entourage. He is not left without tact when he tries to stop Pompey making remarks to Antony about Julius Caesar's relations with Cleopatra. He then tells Pompey that he does not like him much but is prepared to give him his due. Pompey acknowledges his "plainness" /II.6.78), his honesty in speaking. In a humorous exchange with Pompey's lieutenant Menas, Enobarbus is loyal to Antony, but frankly says that "He will to his Egyptian dish again" (II.6.124) and predicts that the marriage to Octavia will prove a cause of friction between Caesar and Antony rather than a bond. He joins in the merrymaking on bard Pompey's galley, and mocks the hung-over Lepidus the morning after. "But he loves Caeser best. Yet he loves Antony. ...read more.

Conclusion

(204,III.10.36-7) and makes sardonic comments on the response of first Cleopatra and then Antony in their dealings and treatment of Caesar's messenger. In a soliloquy "Now he'll outstare the lightning" (III.13.194-200) he sees through Antony's bombastic rhetoric and comes to his decision to leave Antony. As Antony addresses his servants as if for the last time, Enobarbus protests that he is "onion-eyed (IV.2.35). Antony's reaction to his desertion, "O, my fortunes have Corrupted honest men!" (IV.2.35) and his decision to send his treasure to him confirm all that is said of Antony's "bounty". The guilt felt by Enobarbus and his subsequent depression and loss of will are clearly shown. "No honourable trust. I have done ill, of which I do accuse myself" (239.IV.35) But his death in mental torment and the consciousness of disgrace are proof of the fact that Antony's "fortunes have/ Corrupted honest men" give a wider dimension to the tragedy of the protagonists. Achiko and Christian ...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. An exploration of the way in which Shakespeare presents the character of Enobarbus and ...

    The irony of Enobarbus' decision to eventually leave, is not lost on us, he can see the truth in everything but himself. Which is why Enobarbus earns his place in the story. After his desertion, Enobarbus' comments are full of great pathos and create the aurora of finality.

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

    This is selfish, and questions whether she actually loves him. If she does, she should be able to risk being captured just to be near him before he dies. A more admirable aspect of Cleopatra's character is her very friendly and close relationships with her servants.

  1. An examination of Shakespeare's treatment towards suicide between Antony, Cleopatra and Enobarbus

    This gives the end of the play a sudden twist as there is no way of knowing what else was about to be said by the queen and shows a less traditional aspect to the end of a morality play.

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

    To enable us to make this decision we must look at Antony's relationship with his close friend and right hand man, Enobarbus. Enobarbus plays the role of the choric figure in Antony and Cleopatra, but more importantly mirrors the side of Antony's character that exhibits better judgement.

  1. How does Shakespeare make the audience aware of Cleopatra's 'infinite variety' in the opening ...

    She says that her feelings for Caesar were due to her 'salad days', meaning that she was 'green in judgement' and inexperienced. This provides us with a contrast as, now she describes Antony as, 'my man of men' rather than, 'a man, who is the abstract of all faults that all men follow.'

  2. Enobarbus describes Cleopatra as 'a wonderful piece of work' How far would you agree ...

    'Art turned the greatest liar' Antony's use of the pronoun 'our' describes herself as a soldier and Roman which is contrasted with Cleopatra mocking reference to 'Or thou,the greatest soldier of the world,' '.....in Egypt' His strict Roman lifestyle is reflected in his speech and language with unadorned and simple sentences used.

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