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Anthony Cleopatra Essay

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Act 1:1. How appropriate an introduction to the play do you find this scene.The opening scene is a perfect introduction into the play, its a gateway to the rest of the book and it contains almost all the main themes. The play opens with a crisis . Anthony is already infatuated with Cleopatra and he is neglecting his duties in Rome. Although the scene is relatively short it contains most of the major plots and sub-plots. The most obvious of these is Anthony's adoration of Cleopatra and the neglect of his duties. Also in the scene we see how much power Cleopatra has over Anthony, this is demonstrated by her provoking him into flattering her.Through the scene and from the very outset we can see a growing disapproval of Anthony's behaviour and the Romans distaste for his descent from greatness. This is echoed in 1:4 by Octavius who Anthony is meant to respect and follow as he is his leader. This decline in Anthony's once great stature suggests a war is brewing between Egypt an Rome and our fears are confirmed in act 3 when the two do war. The tensions between the two are apparent in the opening scene. The play opens with a speech from Philo a soldier under Anthony's rule. In this opening speech we can see how displeased and demoralised the Roman soldiers may be."Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend now turn." In this quote Anthony has been compared to Mars. I t suggests hes done his due in battle but now like Mars he has turned from his proper business of defending Rome. This theme of Anthony's decline from power lasts throughout the play and by introducing it in the first scene we get a taste of whats to come. We see the same sort of distaste in 1:4. In this scene we see Octavius Caesar leader of Rome despairing at Anthony's behaviour."This is the news: He fishes, he drinks and wastes the lamp of...

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