Why are there so many scenes in Antony and Cleopatra?

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There are a total of forty-two scenes in Antony and Cleopatra, far more than in any of Shakespeare's other plays. The impression that the audience receives is of historical events moving at a rapid pace and with a global scope as the action shifts from Egypt to Rome and to various battle places, including Actium off the coast of Greece. The final act, however, is comprised of only two scenes. The contrast lends a dignity to Cleopatra's assumption of her role as the fallen Antony's eternal lover and, hence, as a tragic heroine.

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