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What is the Role Of Enobarbus In This Play?

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What is the Role Of Enobarbus In This Play? Enobarbus being the fabricated character in the play has a large importance in the play. Enobarbus is a very high-ranking officer in Antony's army, and acts as, in effect, his right hand man. Enobarbus is very close to Antony as he is allowed to speak freely in his presence, such as in act 1 scene 2 when Antony tells Enobarbus that Cleopatra is "cunning past man's thought". This seems to be a conversation that two friends would have if one of them was having woman troubles. Another example of close comradeship between them is how after he learns of Antony's wife Fulvia's death, he says "give the gods a thankful sacrifice", meaning this is a good thing for Antony. ...read more.

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These two extracts from the speech serve not only to promote Cleopatra's God-like qualities, but also Antony's, because only a man of great stature could end up with a lady like Cleopatra. The fact that she is beautiful beyond belief just goes to show how much Antony is willing to lose, and does lose in loving her. This speech may also give a hint as to Enobarbus's feelings towards Cleopatra, for instance he would not write all this poetry (something out of character of a Roman general) if he were not inspired to by his own feelings. Enobarbus may also be constructed as an easy way to bring things to the play that it would otherwise lack, such as humour and levity. For instance, Enobarbus enjoys his drink as he drinks twice in the play, "Bring in the banquet quickly: wine enough Cleopatra's health to drink." ...read more.

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Such as when he talks about Antony and Caesar as "A pair of chaps, no more". He also sees the bad outcome of Cleopatra fighting in the first battle with Caesar; "Your present needs must puzzle Antony, take from his heart, take from his brain...". He knows in a way that the battle will end badly if she is taking part. This also shows he can see Antony fragmenting, and how he is not whole as if something has been taken from him. After Antony loses he decides that he will follow Antony, even though his reason "sits in the wud" against him. This is a bad sign because we know that Enobarbus's judgement is rarely wrong. He follows his common sense when he leaves Antony, because he chooses dishonour over death. Ironically he gets both. This is because his loyalty for Antony was so deep that it broke Enobarbus to leave him. So he just out right dies. ...read more.

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