By William Shakespeare, Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Neil Heims PH.D.

Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra' has been visible at the one hand as a romance concerning the transcendence of affection, and at the different as a lesson opposed to overlook of responsibility. This research advisor incorporates a choice of feedback during the centuries at the play, in addition to a precis, research of key passages and a complete personality record.

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Caesar admits Antony’s prowess while branding him an “old ruffian” (tit for tat against Antony’s epithet, “boy”) and laughs from a place of superiority. ” Despite his later assertion (Act V, scene 2) that he is “no merchant,” Caesar is an excellent keeper of his own accounts. QQQ Act IV, ii, 23–45 Antony: Tend me to-night; May be it is the period of your duty: Haply you shall not see me more; or if, A mangled shadow: perchance to-morrow You’ll serve another master. I look on you As one that takes his leave.

O rarely base! Good queen, let us entreat you. Caesar: Cleopatra: O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this, Key Passages in Antony and Cleopatra 39 That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Doing the honor of thy lordliness To one so meek, that mine own servant should Parcel the sum of my disgraces by Addition of his envy! Say, good Caesar, That I some lady trifles have reserved, Immoment toys, things of such dignity As we greet modern friends withal; and say, Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia and Octavia, to induce Their mediation; must I be unfolded With one that I have bred?

Iras: The gods forbid! Cleopatra: Nay, ’tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rhymers Ballad us out o’ tune: the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present Our Alexandrian revels: Antony Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I’ the posture of a whore. Critics commenting on these words often point out that in the first productions, Cleopatra was played, indeed, by a boy and that the very thing she is complaining about, ironically, is being staged at the moment she condemns it.

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