William Shakespeare's Presentation of Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra

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William Shakespeare's Presentation of Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare portrays Octavius Caesar as a very complex character in 'Antony and Cleopatra.' Shakespeare shows the audience how he has very strong feelings about War, leadership, the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra, and his sister Octavia. These attitudes can be seen as being too rational, too ambitious, and too efficient. However it is these characteristics which in some ways, form the particular contrast with Antony, which shows us his complex character, which also contributes to the conflicts which arise in the play. Shakespeare is very clever in the portrayal of Caesar; he uses Caesar as a foil for
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He disapproves of Antony's behaviour. He criticises Antony to Lepidus and although Lepidus does not agree completely with Caesar's views, Caesar persistently reminds Lepidus what Antony does when in Egypt. Caesar disagrees with the way Antony spends his time, he feels as though he 'wastes The lamps of night in revel.' This is said within Caesar's first speech, which shows how Shakespeare instantly portrays him.coaa aar seaaaaw oraa aak inaa foaa aa;

When watching the 1975 Royal Shakespeare Company performance of 'Antony and Cleopatra' Corin Redgrave, the actor playing the role of Caesar memorably played this particular part with a very disgusted facial expression. This initial portrayal by Redgrave, I think, shows Shakespeare's point effectively and cleverly. This part of the play is the first time the audience see Caesar, and the first impression is of great importance. The immense disgrace felt by Caesar was also recognised through Redgrave's performance due to the fact that for the majority of the rest of the play he played the role of Caesar very blankly, with little expression whatsoever. The effect of this is showing a direct contrast between him and Antony, which instantly suggests to the audience that there is going to be some conflict between the two characters. And the way in which Redgrave's performance matched the ideas of Shakespeare helped to recognise the
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