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Can you talk please about the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra?

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pure | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 27, 2010 at 4:52 AM via web

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Can you talk please about the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 27, 2010 at 7:41 AM (Answer #1)

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I recently answered a similar question regarding the clash between Egypt and Rome, which might relate somewhat to your question (see the answer on enotes in the Antony and Cleopatra group).

Antony and Cleopatra are lovers. Cleopatra is the beautiful queen of Egypt and Antony is one of the three rulers (Triumvir) of Rome. There is much debate over whether these two characters were in love or in lust. They are heroic and tragic at the same time. What are their motives? If Antony truly loves Cleopatra, why does he go back to Rome and marry Octavia? Sure, there are political reasons, but are these reasons more important than love? Cleopatra does not think so, thus she feigns her death. Is this tragic or pitiful? Isn't it rather vindictive? Because of these confusing actions on the part of the characters, many believe they were too immature to be truly in love.

Why does Cleopatra call her navy back to Egypt, exposing Antony to defeat? Is she putting her country above her love? Antony denounces Cleopatra for having betrayed him, and yet, he eventually forgives her, even for something so serious.

The relationship between Antony and Cleopatra is complex and confusing. This is what makes the play so intriguing. What do you think? Read the analysis at enotes below and the text at the link below.

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