How does Shakespeare represent women in "Antony and Cleopatra"?

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Shakespeare uses imagery and diction to reveal Antony and Cleopatra. If you look at the words and images that are used to describe Antony, or man, they are typically structured and civilized words that connote order. The words and images that are used to describe Cleopatra, or woman, are wild, exotic, and based in the natural world. The contrast shows the two sexes as equally powerful, but with power that comes from different places. Man's power comes from the structure and order of society. Woman's power comes from the beauty and abundance of nature.

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