Essay on William Shakespeare 's Antony And Cleopatra

1176 Words Aug 19th, 2015 5 Pages
‘Antony and Cleopatra’ is a tragedy/romance play written by William Shakespeare. How is his exploration of the human condition open to many interpretations? Good afternoon Mr. Houghton, today I 'll be speaking about how Shakespeare constructs the Roman and Egyptian race through the main characters and represents the Egyptian race as the primitive race or the other within the text.
Shakespeare uses different literary devices in the text, including the symbolism of Cleopatra as the Nile, swords as a sign of manhood, and Cleopatra 's death in her tomb as a symbol of motherhood and infertility. The tone is suspenseful. The Egyptian scenes are rich in language, the natural world and playfulness, but contrast with the severe, brutal and soldierly language used for Roman scenes. The writing style is dramatic and passionate; the language that is given to Cleopatra, Octavia and Antony were both dramatic and unclear while Enobarbus and Caesar speak straight and clearly. This contrast separates the characters that are passionate to the characters of reason.
Firstly, I will be speaking about how the Romans were represented in the text. We know from the text that the Roman Empire is ruled by three rulers. These three rulers are regarded as brave, military geniuses who are the embodiment of duty and honour. When Mark Antony goes to Cleopatra, he still refers to himself as a "firm roman" and is patriotic to the very end. To the Romans, foolishness is irrelevant, but if it affects their…

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