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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".

    • Essay length: 2913 words
  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.

    • Essay length: 837 words
  3. What is the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra

    The heroes of Antony and Cleopatra have high rank and ability because they are above the level of common people. This is a general characteristic in tragedies. Tragic heroes are extraordinary specimens of mankind. They can be remarkable for their intelligence (as is Oedipus, the main character of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles), their cruelty (like Medea, in the eponymous tragedy by Seneca), or their nobleness in mind, (like Caesar in Cinna by Corneille). Very often the tragic hero is from royal blood.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. "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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  7. A.C Bradley's idea of Antony

    Military prowess, stern leadership, stability of purpose, self-restraint, and by these standards Antony is degrading himself. In Philo's speech we have the first of which L.C Knights calls 'different and apparently irreconcilable evaluations of the central experience'. Moments later we see the 'central experience' for ourselves. In forty lines Shakespeare evokes most of the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship through the strong language used by Antony, when he speaks of his love for Cleopatra when he says, "the nobleness of life is to do thus", thus suggesting that their relationship is more than just a sordid affair.

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  8. Character study of Antony in Julius Caesar.

    Not only that, but he does it without making appear as if he didn't mean to. By merely presenting facts that make the conspirators look bad, and then repeatedly "supporting them", he turns the crowd against them. Antony says in lines 97-103, "He [Caesar] hath brought many captives home to Rome/Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill/Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?/When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept/Ambition should be made of sterner stuff/Yet Brutus says he was ambitious/And Brutus is an honourable man".

    • Essay length: 817 words
  9. 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.

    • Essay length: 2139 words

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