Antony and Cleopatra Act V, Scenes 1 and 2: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act V, Scenes 1 and 2: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Proculeius: friend of Mark Antony

Seleucus: attendant to Cleopatra (and her treasurer)

Clown: brings the deadly asps to Cleopatra

Scene 1 takes place in Octavius’ camp outside Alexandria. Octavius (Caesar) learns from Decretas that Antony is dead, the message verified by Decretas’ presentation to Octavius of Antony’s sword, stained with the triumvir’s own blood. Octavius weeps for him, uttering another of the famous Shakespearan passages: “The Breaking of so great a thing should make/a greater Crack.” He says that the world should shake to its very foundations and everything in it be upset by the death of so great a man as Antony....

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