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  1. Explore the love between antony and cleopatra throughout shakespeares play

    'Let Rome in Tiber melt' shows Antony declaring that his love is so strong that he is prepared to ignore Caesar's demands and his roman duties in order to stay with her. This declaration of his love creates an image to the audience that Antony is actually in love with her. A further example of his understanding of his roman duties can be seen later on when he announces 'these strong Egyptian fetters I must break or lose myself in dotage' and then again later when speaking to Enobarbus he says 'I must from this enchanting queen break off'.

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  2. Antony And Cleopatra

    However Enobarbus replies that he will "entreat him / To answer like himself." Here we are met with the opposition of authority within the Romans. Lepidus' opening speech shows that he is, indeed, a meek, mild- mannered man who attempts to please and offend no one. He tells the other Triumvirs, "That which combined us was most great, and let not / A leaner action rend us,"... "for I earnestly beseech, touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms, nor curstness grow to the matter." Throughout this scene Lepidus is shown to have the least lines, in the opening of this scene Enobarbus has more lines than Lepidus which tell us as an audience of the structure of the play.

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  3. An exploration of the way in which Shakespeare presents the character of Enobarbus and his role in 'Antony and Cleopatra'. Domitius Enobarbus is a significant character throughout the play

    It is his refusal to participate in political posturing that leads to his comments about the union to defeat Pompey. 'If you borrow one others love for the instant, you may, when you hear no more words of Pompey, return it again. You shall have time to wrangle in when you have nothing else to do.' There is a cynical change in Enobarbus' tone of voice, which shows his contempt of the situation that he is in. His understands the political posturing of the two leaders and tries to explain that it will only prevent their split for a short while.

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  4. Explore Shakespeare's presentation of EITHER Cleopatra OR Antony in Act three Scene thirteen. How typical is their presentation here of the rest of the play?The presentation of Cleopatra in Act three Scene thirteen

    Here, Shakespeare's presentation of Cleopatra highlights her unique female qualities in a way that represents women throughout the play and Cleopatra as an individual. I believe this works well because the other main characters in this play are males and so are in contrast to the stereotypical female behaviour.cocc ccr seccccw orcc cck incc focc cc. Cleopatra's persistency is shown when she answers Antony back instantly demanding the truth. Again she is shown as 'playing certain games'. Perhaps she is required to act like this toward Antony to declare herself in the male-dominated situation in which the play is set.

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  5. In the play Antony and Cleopatra, the character of Cleopatra is one of many dimensions and be seen a person of complex diversity. Her personality is mainly about taking life as one big celebration most of her time in Egypt. Cleopatra loves the richness of

    Firstly Act 2:Scene 2 sees Enobarbus talking openly to Agrippa and Maecenas about Cleopatra's wild and wonderful ways. He describes in intricate detail the barge she sailed to the harbour in and how even the air would gaze upon her if it could. 'Whistling to th'air, which, for vacancy, /had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too,/ And made a gap in nature'. This portrays her queen-like status and beauty and it is easy to see why Antony falls in love with her. Is the romantic perception of Cleopatra made my Enobarbus a realistic one? You hardly ever see her being romantic so therefore Enobarbus' perception of Cleopatra may not be an accurate perception of Cleopatra.

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  6. How does Shakespeare make the audience aware of Cleopatra's 'infinite variety' in the opening act and maintain this impression throughout the play?

    An attendant enters with a message from Rome. Antony asks for a quick summary but Cleopatra says, 'Nay, hear them, Antony: Fuliva, perchance, is angry; or, who knows if the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent his powerful mandate to you, 'do this, or this; take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that; perform't, or else we d**n thee.' Here Cleopatra is being sarcastic, she is telling Antony to listen because it may be that Fulvia - his wife - is angry or it might be a message from Caesar telling him to do some thing.

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  7. How, in your opinion, does Shakespeare use language throughout the play to present Cleopatra's

    I believe this is of further importance to Cleopatra's presentation because Antony's death is of great significance and what is said will have more of an impact on the audience. Shakespeare also shows Cleopatra as a queen in her own death scene. Cleopatra desires to die in royal clothing when in Act 5 Scene 2 she commands "Give me my robe; put on my crown". Without any action on stage the language alone is enough to create an image of Cleopatra looking very regal.

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  8. Enobarbus describes Cleopatra as 'a wonderful piece of work' How far would you agree with this view? In your answer you should include detail and reference to the language and action of at least two passages.

    Her approach to men is infamous and as we can already see that she has a very toying approach. Her relationship with Antony has something of the feeling of a game to it. She seeks to play him in a way that will keep him hers, and although she decries falseness in a man, sees nothing wrong with keeping Antony on his toes with a few placed lies. She likes to play games rather than the direct approach Charmain would encourage.

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  9. Consider the variety and range of Enobarbus' dramatic contribution to the play 'Antony and Cleopatra'.

    Shakespeare shows Enobarbus to be more respected through juxtaposition. He juxtaposes an area of speech where Antony is rash and rude to a messenger with a part where he is seeking advice from Enobarbus. This is a dramatic contrast and therefore allows us to see, very clearly how much Enobarbus means to Antony. "well, what worst?" Antony snaps at the messenger, in this small line all the words begin with 'W' this means that Shakespeare did this deliberately. The alliteration used here feels very impersonal, rash and heated , this is very different to the relaxed poetry Antony uses in this next discussion with Enobarbus.

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  10. What do you think about the ways in which Shakespeare presents two of his main characters in Act One?

    In this opening speech Shakespeare confronts any of the audience's preconceptions of Anthony being a strong, dominant character and challenges them. Instead, he presents him as a weaker individual who has succumbed to the human basic instinct of l**t. Despite hearing from one of Anthony's officers that Anthony has become a 'strumpet's fool,' the audience remain unconvinced. They wish to see this so called 'fool' and judge him for themselves, and only then will they label him accordingly. It is through this defamiliarisation that Shakespeare creates tension and sets the audience up as a critical body for the remainder of the play.

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