Essay On The Tragedy Of Antony And Cleopatra

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William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy, of Antony, and Cleopatra written between 1606 and 1607, is a play filled with political intrigue, power struggles, war and its consequences, and the plight of two desperately impassioned lovers. The play has at times even been seen as “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”; however, rather than a passionate love affair between each other, the characters in the play appear to have a love affair with power(). This love affair with power is mistaken for an infatuation with each other, thus destroying a great Roman leader and a noble Egyptian queen. The argument put forward in this essay is that the main characters of the play Mark Antony and Cleopatra are both in love with power; therefore the central theme to the play…show more content…
Furthermore, she makes Antony “[become] her guest” (). Cleopatra uses her womanly charms, awe inspiring beauty and open sexuality, as powerful tools to seduce and attract Antony. Thus she can be seen as this temptress or femme fatal that using her womanly charms to seduce Antony in their affair. Therefore, Anthony and Cleopatra are players on a world stage where their feelings for each other are intertwined with their struggle for power. Another theme presented by Sparknotes is the theme of a clash between East and West, the West is represented by Caeser who is the embodiment of Rome; masculine, stoic, logical and brave, whereas the East represented by Cleopatra who is feminine, decadent, extravagant, and passionate. The clash between West and East is seen in the character of Mark Antony again, as both contend for his attention. At the end of the Battle of Actium it may appear as if West has won because Caeser is the triumphant general; however, even Cleopatra refuses to let Caeser win and be displayed as an “Egyptian puppet” for the entertainment of the Roman masses (5.2.207). The theme of power is underlies this theme of a clash between West and East, as Octavius Caeser and Cleopatra both want
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