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Download e-book for iPad: Antony and Cleopatra (Bloom's Shakespeare Through the Ages) by William Shakespeare, Sterling Professor of the Humanities

By William Shakespeare, Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Neil Heims PH.D.

ISBN-10: 0791096300

ISBN-13: 9780791096307

Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra' has been noticeable at the one hand as a romance concerning the transcendence of affection, and at the different as a lesson opposed to forget of accountability. This examine advisor features a number of feedback in the course of the centuries at the play, besides a precis, research of key passages and a finished personality record.

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He has also fallen in love with Cleopatra. In his passion he neglects his imperial duties and sets himself at odds with Octavius Caesar. Cleopatra is the queen of Egypt. She is mercurial and passionate, and she commands Antony’s love and desire. Though she long conceals her own love for Antony, it is deeper and more unsettling than anything she has known before. After Antony’s death she commits suicide rather than allowing herself to be taken captive by Octavius Caesar. Octavius Caesar, the grandnephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar, is young, disciplined, and on the ascent.

Caesar: Cleopatra: O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this, Key Passages in Antony and Cleopatra 39 That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Doing the honor of thy lordliness To one so meek, that mine own servant should Parcel the sum of my disgraces by Addition of his envy! Say, good Caesar, That I some lady trifles have reserved, Immoment toys, things of such dignity As we greet modern friends withal; and say, Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia and Octavia, to induce Their mediation; must I be unfolded With one that I have bred?

And what relishes yet of a more exact knowledge, you do not only see a Roman in his hero, but the particular genius of the man, without the least mistake of his character, given him by their best historians. You find his Antony in all the defects and excellencies of his mind, a soldier, a reveller, amorous, sometimes rash, sometimes considerate, with all the various emotions of his mind. . But however it far’d with our author for book-learning, ’tis evi­dent that no man was better studied in men and things, the most useful knowledge for a dramatic writer.

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