How Does Act 1 of Antony and Cleopatra Prepare the Reader for Tragedy?
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How does Act 1 of Antony and Cleopatra prepare the audience for tragedy?
In this essay i will discuss how act of Antony and Cleopatra prepare the audience for tragedy. Firstly the character of Antony is one of three who rule Rome after the assassination of Julius Caedar. But Antony’s popularity is shortlived, as Shakespeare’s audience discovers when Act I opens in Alexandria, Egypt, where Antony languishes under the spell of Cleopatra’s incomparable beauty and charm. She spends her every wile and witchery on binding his heart to hers—and the world and Rome be damned.Cleaopatra is the queen of Eqypt. The first three scenes of Act One all take place in Queen Cleopatra's palace, in Alexandria. They establish quickly the conflict between…show more content… Cleopatra has not yet captured the whole of his soul, and Antony returning back to Rome shows that there is going to be a big twist in the story which will create a tragedy.
Antony is a seasoned leader—a leader with charisma, experience and resolve—he enjoys the admiration of his soldiers and the Roman citizens, as we find out from the conversation between Lepidus and Caesar the other two leaders of Rome. They show the reader how Antony was before he met Cleopatra 'Thou didst drink the stale of horses and the gilded puddle' this suggests that Antony used to drink horses urine and filthy water to keep him going in his battle which shows his dedication to the country. However, as Caesar suggests that Antony has changed ' This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes the lamp of night in revel' which suggests that Antony is corrupt and he wastes his nights wheras he should be supporting his country and being more responsible. This might prepare the audience for tragedy as Antony's behaviour may cause conflict between Caesar and Antony as Caesar praises Antony for how he used to be and makes him angry seeing Antony being irresponsible now and as readers it makes us think that the attitude of Caesar towards Antony may cause conflict in the upcoming or rather there could be conflict between Antony and Caesar involving Cleopatra.
To conclude there are many event in Act 1 which prepares the reader for a tragedy but it cannot be made clear as to what the tragedy may be.