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To what purpose did Shakespeare create Enobarbus?

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To what purpose did Shakespeare create Enobarbus? Enobarbus is a high-ranking soldier in Antony's army who it seems is very close to his commander. We know this by the way Enobarbus is permitted to speak freely (at least in private) with Antony. He is also a person who Antony confides in. For instance in Act I, Scene ii, as Antony explains who Cleopatra is "cunning past man's thought". In reply to this Enobarbus speaks freely of his view of Cleopatra, even if what he says is very positive. '...her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love. We cannot call her winds and waters sighs and tears; they are greater storms and tempests than almanacs can report. ...read more.


So Sharespeare has created this character for some one to whom Antony can confide in and to get a truthful opinion. Furthermore Enobarbus is also used to exaggerate Antony and Cleopatra's relationship. Which is done by his statements. (II.ii.) 'The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;Purple the sails, and so perfumed that The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were Silver,'. (II.ii.) 'And, for his ordinary, pays his heart For what his eyes eat only.'.Enobarbus leads the audience into believing that Antony and Cleopatra are inseparable. His speeches in Act II are absolutely vital to the play in that this is what Shakespeare wants the audience to view Antony and Cleopatra. ...read more.


but he also uses him as way to bring humour into the play, showing that the characters like to have a good time. Evidence of this is shown in both Act I and Act II when Enobarbus supports the joys of drink: 'Bring in the banquet quickly: wine enough Cleopatra's health to drink.'. (I.ii.) 'Mine, and most of our fortunes, tonight, shall be-drunk to bed.'. (I.ii.) He even ends Act II with a song for Bacchus and a request for drunken celebration. So Shakespeare created Enobarbus as a character to pass on information between characters, exposes other characters and their traits, gives background information, and lets the audience in on his surroundings and the general moods and beliefs which are occurring in the play. ...read more.

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