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Antony and Cleopatra Teaching Unit
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- Discuss the balance of power and the obligations among the Triumvirs (Lepidus, Cæsar, and Antony).
- Discuss the technique of using messengers as a tool of commentary and give several examples.
- Use inference and observation to contrast the characters and importance of Antony’s two wives, Fulvia and Octavia.
- Comment on the relationship of Cæsar and Octavia and the role of duty for the high-born Roman woman.
- Although the play is a tragedy, it has some moments of comic relief. Cite two examples of this and discuss the importance of inserting comic relief in the play.
- Discuss the differences between an elegy and a eulogy and cite an example of each in this play.
- Lepidus, although a member of the Triumvirate, is certainly never equal to Cæsar in power or to Antony in personal magnetism. Show how these impressions are conveyed in the play, and give an analysis of the character of Lepidus.
- Jealousy is an important element in Cleopatra’s personality. Discuss this trait in her make-up, and cite examples of behavior that showed her jealousy.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.