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What is Lost and what is Gained by Antony in the Play

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What is Lost and what is Gained by Antony in the Play Throughout the play Antony finds himself torn between the Rome of his duty and the Alexandria of his pleasure. He does not know whether to give in to his personal pleasures or maintain his status and fulfil his obligations to the state of Rome. He plays into Cleopatra's hands, who takes over his better judgement turning him from the "Demi-Atlas of this world" to a "strumpet's fool". Even Caesar complemented Antony on how great a soldier he was, "Was borne so like a soldier that thy cheek so much as lanked not." There is also a great clash between the East and West. The Romans are angry towards the East (mainly at Cleopatra) for taking away one of their greatest leaders and generals. ...read more.

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Octavia's quiet entrance shows that she is no longer a political tool, to maintain Caesars and Antony's friendship. She does not need to be displayed to the entire public to show them that Caesar and Antony are still on good terms. Antony's relationship with Cleopatra has got much less to do with politics than it has to do with playfulness and partying. This is to do with the contrast between Rome and Egypt and how both the countries are focussed on such different things. In the play Enobarbus is Antony's most loyal supporter, who sticks with Antony even after his great political and military missteps. He only leaves Antony when it appears that Antony is completely finished, and has lost all his skills in judgement and tactics in war. But the grief caused to Enobarbus is to great, killing him, with his last words being "O Antony! ...read more.

Conclusion

The ships stand as a reminder of Cleopatra's inconstancy in character, often wavering and changing. Antony looses much in the play, such as his status in Rome, and the loyalty he used to receive from his soldiers. He looses himself "in dotage", having his better judgement being spoilt by Cleopatra. He even admits so when he says, "these strong Egyptian fetters I must break, or lose myself in dotage". Antony relieves himself from all his duties and starts a personal life for his own pleasures with his mistress Cleopatra. By the end of the play he is so weak a soldier that he cannot even kill himself properly, he falls on his own sword and has to wait quite long until he finally dies. But by killing himself he insures that his reputation as being a great soldier and general is restored in Rome, because suicide is seen as being honourable by the Romans, "a Roman by a Roman valiantly vanquished". By Kritank Gupta ...read more.

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