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Antony and Cleopatra - Shakespeare
Transcript of Antony and Cleopatra - Shakespeare
Around 40 B.C., after
Julius Caesar's death
"Antony and Cleopatra" is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare around 1608. The story centers on one of Rome’s three leaders, Mark Antony, and the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. These two lovers are first featured at Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt. As the play continues, however, Antony’s political and social duties take the action to Rome, Syria, Actium, Parthia (modern day Iraq), Athens, and
to various military camps in Egypt. In short,
the lovers are put in locations and situations
where they question each other's loyalty and love.
The play’s ending is yet another example of how
passion,mingled with power, treachery, and
misunderstanding, can lead to a tragic end.
We see this time and again
in Shakespeare’s great works.
Roman Empire, especially Rome, Egypt, Syria
and Parthia (Iraq)
Reason and emotion
He's a Roman general and one of the three joint leaders, or "triumvirs"
He falls in love with Cleopatra, the Queen
He dies in Cleopatra's arms
He represents the tension between Egyptian
delights and Roman austerity, and between the personal desires of love and valiance
Cleopatra is the Queen of Egypt. She falls in love with Antony
With her last act we can see her devotion to Antony, choosing to join him in death rather than live without him
She rules Egypt and she seems willing to blame her femininity for her worse points
He's one of the three members of the triumvirate.
He's the nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar
He's is ambitious and extremely pragmatic.
He ‘s the third member of the
triumvirate and the weakest
He rather desperately attempts
to keep the peace between Caesar
Pompey the Younger is the son of Pompey the Great
He's guided by his reason
and honor instead of
He seeks to avenge his father’s death against the new triumvirate
The play is concerned with the battle between reason and emotion than the triumph of one over the other, and this battle is waged most forcefully in the character of Antony
As the play progresses, Antony continues to inhabit conflicting identities that play out the struggle between reason and emotion
He is, in the end, a man ruled
by passion as much as by reason
Love, in Antony and Cleopatra, is not comprised of private intimacies, as it is in Romeo and Juliet. Instead, love belongs to the public arena. Love, in other words, becomes an extension of politics
Shakespeare’s style in this play is befitting the drama and passion of the story, full of passion of love and war
There are 42 scenes total, making it one of Shakespeare's most erratic plays
"Cleopatra" is the third most expensive film produced in the world and the second in the USA, after Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
The film was shoot in London, Rome and Ischia
Cleopatra is a 1963 British-American-Swiss epic drama film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Elizabeth Taylor plays Cleopatra and Richard Burton plays Mark Antony.
Between 1746 and 1747 Giambattista Tiepolo paints some rooms of Palazzo Labia in Venice.
Tiepolo, in the dance room, paints “Le Storie di Antonio e Cleopatra”