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  1. Antony and Cleopatra Question: Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Domitius Enobarbus

    Enobarbus although a soldier, has a proficient conception of situations and can interpret accurately the actions of others. However he cannot sense his emotional being which eventually leads him to his death. Shakespeare is able to do this by the fact that Enobarbus can distance himself from specific circumstances and therefore be more sincere. Enobarbus at an early stage is established as a friend and confidant of Antony's. His reaction to other characters helps form our views on "Antony and Cleopatra".

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  2. Show through the movement of verse Brutus' thought process at 2

    (meaning for the general good of the people), if not on a "personal" level, why he is, quite definitely, going to kill Caesar. The iambic rhythm set up so far is interrupted by lines 2 and 3, with "personal" and "general" going from one stressed followed by two unstressed, creating a trickling sound, and supporting a very thoughtful tone. One can feel that Brutus is just trying to persuade himself that killing Caesar will look like the right thing to do, once he can find a story to justify it.

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  3. Study carefully the following extract from The Social Contract, and the painting The Lictors Returning to Brutus The Bodies of his Sons.

    Through the grouping of citizens, each willing to surrender himself and live with others as a whole which required thinking rationally and act morally. Most importantly, by agreeing to the social contract, people gave up their physical freedom in state of nature and signing himself over to the civil state. Hence, this directed by the general will. In the first and second line of the extract, 'a remarkable change in man' indicates that people would benefit in a change from the state of nature to civil state.

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  4. Antony and Cleopatra is based upon a dualistic vision of experience, the world of Rome pitted against the world of Egypt

    ships, sails, swords and battle give the audience a greater understanding of the emphasis they place on war and the preservation of power. This is obvious in Caesar's words as delivers commands for war; "Strike not by land; keep whole. Provoke not battle till we have done at sea." Caesar's words help to define the Roman vision of experience: militaristic and male, marked by heroic restraint in difficult circumstances, a willed ability to combat one's deepest feelings, a sustained composure when everyone else is falling apart.

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  5. "Relationships at all levels involve complex powerplay." How is this complexity represented in the texts you have studied?

    Someone who you look at, as the epitome of power? Clover: Well not so much a hero. But I think Shakespeare was amazing, the way he portrayed power play. I mean, look at Othello. Iago is basically a slimy worm, but he gains so much power because he's so intelligent and confident in himself. He plays Othello and as Othello weakens, his strength just grows. It's fascinating. And Julius Caesar. Oprah: Tell us more about Caesar. Clover: Well Julius Caesar happens to be a personal favourite of mine actually. Caesar himself was a powerful man. He'd proved himself in battle, sucked up to the leaders of the time, even helped Pompey at one stage to gain power.

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  6. The simplicity with which Brutus speaks is what makes his voice so powerful.

    His choice of words is extremely effective as he uses 'naked' rather than bare. This implying that they were deprived of their human rights and dehumanised. With the additional description regarding the surroundings and actions of the prisoners, 'the stubbled grass wet with three o' clock dew,' - 'stuff with our fingers the sugarless pap into our mouths,' the situation concerning the prisoners appears to become more dismal. The fact that they 'stuffed' the food into their mouth conveys that they were given a limited amount of time to eat it; furthermore, they had been deprived of their food since then.

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