Cleopatra Essay

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Over the years Hollywood has portrayed Cleopatra as a beautiful temptress and mainly focused on her famous love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The fact is she was not that good looking but was a highly intelligent woman who used her amazing persuasive powers to try and prevent Egypt being taken over by the Romans.It is an oxymoron to say that queen Cleopatra was the last pharaoh of Egypt, because she was not an Egyptian. She was a Macedonian Greek descended from Ptolemy the first, a Greek general of Alexander the Great. She was the only pharaoh in the 300-year Ptolemaic dynasty who could actually speak Egyptian. In fact she spoke nine languages but not, strangely, Latin -despite her close ...view middle of the document...

She staged various major attractions to impress them, such as her romantic royal barge tours along the Nile River. Cleopatra was delighted in the thought that she has caught Antony like a fish. This metaphor never grows old, even in our time. One thing is for certain, in matters of love, as in all things, Cleopatra favored high drama: her emotions were as volatile as they were theatrical, and, regardless of whether her audience was her handmaid or the emperor of Rome, she always offered a top-notch performance.Although she used to make a spectacle of her emotions, one could not doubt the genuine nature of her love for Antony. Shakespeare made clear that the queen did love the general, even if her loyalty was sometimes misplaced. Antony fell in love with her and fought major wars for her that eventually cost him his position and his life - such was her power of persuasion. While she failed in her ultimate goal of preserving Egypt, she did score many major successes along the way and eventually scorched out a place in world history. When she committed suicide it was probably not because Antony had killed himself. It was because she did not want to be paraded through Egyptian and Roman towns and cities in shame as a prisoner.She was 39 years old when she died in 30BC. Her death was foreshadowed when she said: "Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, and we are for the dark." Shakespeare's theme of honor came up even in her suicide, as she probably used an asp (an Egyptian cobra snake) for the job because Egyptian religion said death by snakebite would ensure immortality. It certainly did for her. Who can forget Cleopatra?

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