Antony as a Tragic Hero
Antony's fatal flaws are what make him such a brilliant tragic hero.
Through the way Antonyis talked about, the audience learns just how
great and admirable he is. Through the first three acts, the audience
sees just how flawed Antonyis.
The audience observe immediately that Antonyhas one huge flaw,
Cleopatra. Straight away the audience finds this as in Philo's speech
"But this dotage of our general's
O'erflows the measure."
This is saying that Antonyloves and dotes on Cleopatra an amazing
amount which Philo doesn't agree with as he is saying it is too much.
The audience also sees just how much of a flaw Cleopatra is when she
tells Antonyto listen to the messenger and he replies
"Let Romein Tibermelt, and the
Wide arch of the ranged empire fall!
Here is my space."
Here he is saying let my country fail and fall apart I don't care I
just want to be with Cleopatra here in Egypt.
Later on in the same act, Caesar is telling Lepidus all of Antony's
flaws. He says
"Yet must Antonyno way excuse
His foils when we do bear so great
Weight in his lightness."
This is Caesar saying that Antonyis taking advantage of Caesar and
Lepidus because whilst Antonyis away in Egypt, all of his duties and
responsibilities have been left to the other two members of the
Whilst Cleopatra and Antonyare having an argument about Fulvia,
Cleopatra shouts at Antony,
"The greatest soldier of the world,
Art turned the greatest liar."
This is Cleopatra saying that even though Antonywas the greatest
soldier in the world, he has now become the greatest liar. This
statement is very important as it claims that Antonyhas another fault.
It now says he is a liar as well.
Whilst Antonyis having an argument with Caesar about Antonybeing in
Rome, Caesar says
"Your wife and brother made wars upon me,
And their contestation was theme for you.
You were the word of war."
Here Caesar accuses Antonyof telling Fulvia and Antony's brother to go
to war with Caesar and that Antonyis the reason why this whole war
started. This is also important as it claims that Antonyis disloyal
and therefore has yet another fault.
Also the oath of the triumvir is - "To lend me arms and aid when I
required them." Caesar tells Antony
"You have broken the article of your oath"
he also says
"To lend me arms and aid when I required them,
The which you both denied."
Here Caesar is reminding Antonythat he has broken his oath because
when Caesar needed help whilst he was fighting Pompey, Antonydeliberately
refused to help him once again showing that he is disloyal to the
triumvir and that he doesn't care about his duties.
After Antonyhad married Octavia, he tells her
"I have not kept my square, but...