William Shakespeare 's Antony And Cleopatra

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Good morning, students. Today’s lecture will be on William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The play, which is a tragedy, revolves around the relationship between Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Antony is one of three leaders of the Roman Empire and Cleopatra is the Queen of Egypt. In this story, the reader is able to explore the complexity of the emotion of love and the highs and lows it entails, as well as the conflicts that can present between duty and emotion. The reader sees the effects that passion and duty play in one’s lives and the drastic consequences it can lead to. The play is divided into five parts – known as acts. In the first act, we meet Antony who is one of three rulers – along with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus – of the…show more content…
The three leaders recognize that they will need to join forces in order to defeat Pompey. As a result, Antony agrees to marry Octavia – Caesar’s sister – in order to strengthen his alliance with the leader. However, Antony is troubled by a prediction that as long as he stays in Rome, that Caesar will eventually be the supreme leader. So, Antony resolves to go back east to Egypt and be with Cleopatra. The Queen is upset upon learning of her lover’s marriage to Octavia and sends a messenger to determine Octavia’s beauty. On the battlefront, Pompey meets with the three Roman Empire leaders. They all come to an agreement – Pompey will get to rule Sicily and Sardinia in exchange for sending payments of wheat to Rome. To celebrate their truce, they drink on Pompey’s ship. While the leaders are drunk, a confidante of Pompey’s suggests that they kill the three, but Pompey laments that the deed wasn’t done without his knowledge. In the third Act, we enter the morning after the night of heavy drinking. Antony and Octavia leave for Athens. Cleopatra learns of Octavia’s average looks and becomes confident that Antony will eventually return. Antony and Caesar’s relationship begins to become strained as well as Antony believes that Caesar is speaking badly of him in public. Octavia, caught in the middle between her brother and her husband, returns to Rome to mend relations. Caesar breaks the truce and wages war against Pompey, defeating him. He accuses Lepidus of
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