How The Conflict Between Roman Duty And Egyptian Sensuousness Develops The Tragedy Of Antony And Cleopatra Comments: More Focus On Final Scene Was Expected

1764 words - 8 pages

Antony epitomizes the traditional tragic hero. The elements that constitute Antony's tragic standing are centrally developed by the conflict between Roman duty and Egyptian sensuousness. The audience empathises with the nature of his demise, as it deems Antony a morally respectable person, and can understand his downfall as a result of the conflict.The conflict embodies his tragic flaw, which is his stubbornness in trying to achieve an elusive compromise between his duty to Rome and his passion for Cleopatra. Antony's priorities repeatedly sway in favour of Rome and then Cleopatra indeterminably and uncompromisingly. The audience experiences catharsis upon witnessing the protagonist's demise ...view middle of the document...

Philo's speech illustrating the Roman perception of Antony's hedonism in Egypt, whilst unjust towards Cleopatra, is much more controlled than that of Antony. He describes how Antony's greatness has deteriorated due to the 'dotage of (his) general's', which 'O'erflows the measure'. This presents a more reasoning statement, contrary to Antony's reckless and exaggerated expression of disregard to Rome. Demetrius' speech expressing his regret is similar in tone, expressing his regret 'That (Antony) approves the common liar'. This epitomizes a recurring conflict between Antony's sense of honour and his unfulfilling actions.Honesty is central to Antony's idea of honour. However, he frequently speaks upon impulse, distorting the integrity of his actions. This is exemplified by his response to the news from Messenger of war led by Labienus 'with his Parthian force'. Antony is quick in accepting blame for the outbreak of war due to his desertion from the Roman Empire, urging Messenger to speak genuinely critically of him for his actions, saying 'Speak to me home, mince not the general tongue'. He stresses his resigned desire to hear Messenger's most severe and honest thoughts concerning his reckless actions, asking him to 'taunt (his) faults/ With such full license as both truth and malice/ Have power to utter'. This outburst typifies Antony's disposition to impulsively changing his moral stance, as does his sudden marking of Cleopatra as the root of his actions, which moves him to ask her for one to 'Name Cleopatra as she is called in Rome'. He maintains this tone upon the news of Fulvia's death, further depicting Cleopatra as the cause of his problems. He suggests that the queen's seduction of him into 'idleness' had a spell- binding effect of him, exclaiming that he 'must from this enchanting queen break off'. He continues in a hyperbolic manner reminiscent of his speech in act one, scene one from line thirty- three to thirty- nine, claiming his hedonism with Cleopatra to be the cause of 'Ten thousand harms'. The typical exaggerated tone of Antony's speech is emphasised through its presentation in marked contrast to the voice of truth represented by Enobarbus. Enobarbus' lines are in prose, presenting a more convincing and contained tone to the theatrical verse of Antony. He calms Antony's discomfort concerning Cleopatra's supposedly 'cunning' seductive influence on him, assuring him 'her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love'.Antony's vacillation of moral stance is justified by the indecisiveness of the conflict between Roman duty and Egyptian sensuousness. Cleopatra and Caesar, the representatives of Egypt and Rome respectively, are each portrayed as possessing admirable and conflicting traits. Cleopatra has a strong and forthright character, which frequently acts upon impulse making her temperamental and theatrical. She expresses the Egyptian opposition to the disciplined manner of Rome through hyperbolic sarcasm when she...

Other Essays On How The Conflict Between Roman Duty And Egyptian Sensuousness Develops The Tragedy Of Antony And Cleopatra Comments: More Focus On Final Scene Was Expected

Roman Influences On Western Society (Between Rome And Greece, Without Mentioning Greece)

854 words - 4 pages Parliament, which is also equated to the Senate. Most western societies have based their governments on the tried and true methods of the Roman civilization. Roman law was known for being equitable and fair through the old "innocent until proven guilty", which is also arguably the most important right that the United States' Constitution provides. Another aspect of government is military, which, it was noted, the Romans had this "doggedness" about them

Stalingrad: The Battle And How I Believe It Was The MOST Important Battle Of World War II

1569 words - 7 pages ensued that became one of the greatest victories in war history. The Germans were met by the Red Army at Stalingrad, a city where the fate of the world was decided. The Battle of Stalingrad was perhaps the bloodiest conflict in history. The Soviets suffered a million fatalities, which was more than the western Allies lost during the whole Second World War. The battle cost Germany and its allies about 1.5 million casualties (Roberts "Stalingrad" 36

El Dorado Explored: Explains How El Dorado Was A Utopia And What Effect It Had On Candide. It Also Explains How Eldorado Is A Counter For The Evils Of Europe

1754 words - 8 pages when they are lost in the wilderness. Candide immediately sees the beauty of the place and its people. The country is cultivated equally to provide pleasure and to produce the necessities of life. He comments that it is a country preferable to Westphalia. Since Candide has always maintained that Westphalia was the best of all places, the reader can easily note the impression that the beauty of El Dorado makes upon Candide. He is well traveled

This essay was written about the how illegal movies damaging to movie sector and whole economies of the countries

486 words - 2 pages Internet is one of the most important, functional and unfortunately the most dangerous invention in today’s world. Although it provides millions of information with people, it also damages the some sectors such as movie sector. This worrying situation is taking attention of people from different fields. In this week’s issue, The Economist touched on relation between internet and the film sector and search for a relevant answer whether

To What Extent Was The USA A Racist Society Between 1919 And 1941?

854 words - 4 pages country. "there will be no Negroes pushing wheelbarrows and boys driving trucks getting 40 cents an hour when the good white men and women, working on the fields alongside these roads can hardly earn 40 cents a day." The words of a Georgian official. As more white men became unemployed , there was increasing antagonism towards afro-Americans who held jobs, resulting in the number of lynchings increasing from 8 in 1932 to 28 in 1933. Blacks who kept

Othello- analysis of speech by Iago taken from Act 2 Scene 3 occurs just after the brawl between Cassio and Montano, where Othello is disgusted with his lieutenant's behavior and dismisses Cassio

505 words - 3 pages English SpeechThis vital speech by Iago taken from Act 2 Scene 3 occurs just after the brawl between Cassio and Montano, where Othello is disgusted with his lieutenant's behavior and dismisses Cassio. From the beginning Iago behaves in this way because of his intense jealousy he has at Othello for promoting Cassio over him.His motivation develops further due to jealousy of both Cassio and Othello, and their happiness. These projections of hate

"The Genius That Was China" This Essay Is About The Wonderful Technological Developments Of Ancient China And How They Influenced The Development Of The West

1773 words - 8 pages European version was created independently in China. Originally it was used as simply an aide in mounting but as Chinese horsemen started using heavier weapons and armour the stirrup was developed so that they could effectively dominate a head on charge. The knights of the European feudal age who charged across the fields and dominated warfare were a product of the Chinese stirrup. While one Chinese invention would give power to the Knights, another

The Election Of 1912 I Was Required To Imagine Voting In The Election Of 1912 And Tell The Story Of How I Chose My Candidate

1568 words - 7 pages The United States presidential election of 1912 was contested between four candidates; Incumbent Republican William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson a democrat, former President Theodore Roosevelt running for the new Progressive Party, and Eugene V. Debs who was running for President under the Socialist Party for the fourth time. Roosevelt, a former Republican, declined to run for reelection in 1908, following the long-established tradition that

Just War Doctrine And The Gulf Conflict

1381 words - 6 pages Just War Doctrine and show how US participation in the Iraq war abstained from violating the tenets of either co-part.Jus Ad BellumJus Ad Bellum, the justness of entering into conflict consists of six primary tenets: legitimate authority, just cause, proportionality, right intention, chance of success, and last resort.1. Legitimate Authority - Only those of legitimate authority may justly lead its country into war. This tenet disqualify

What Are Some Of The Disadvantages Of Using Focus Groups? Discuss Two Recent Trends In Focus Group Research And Explain Why You Think These Have Evolved. Use References To Support Your Opinions

1685 words - 7 pages companies it could be done as a "side dish" because of its low cost and fast results. Not like traditional focus groups, online focus groups could handle more people therefore having more feedbacks. The moderator has the control to kick or ban aggressive and abusers so that the peace in the chat area can be kept. Focus groups have also evolved in this way because of the evolution on how people think. For example, if the company wants to get feedbacks

Height Of The Roman Empire

750 words - 3 pages At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from the north of Britain to the desert of Egypt. Emperors were cruel and bent on conquering. Art and architecture flourished, but math and science did not. The idea of the empire began with Julius Caesar, who was killed because he was ruling the government by himself. His adopted son, Octavian, became the first emperor, calling himself Augustus Caesar. The Roman Empire split into two parts, East and

Similar Papers

Overview Of The Indus Valley And Egyptian Peoples

396 words - 2 pages The Egyptian civilization and the Indus Valley civilization were very different places. In Egypt, while pyramids were being built, cities were beginning to form in the Indus Valley. Both of these places had fertile lands and natural barriers to prevent invaders. Nobody really knows about the Indus Valley government except for Sargon of Akkad, but we do know that they worshipped several gods, including Shiva. In Egypt, their rulers, or pharaohs

The Conflict Between Nature And Culture In Wuthering Heights

469 words - 2 pages The Conflict Between Nature and Culture in Wuthering HeightsIn Wuthering Heights there is a clear battle between human nature, and the attempt to control it with civilization and culture. The conflict between nature and culture which is a part of the thematic structure of this novel is presented in the relationship between two residences: Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange as well as its inhabitants. Wuthering Heights represents the

'the Scope And Focus Of Memory Are Too Intimate For The Grand Sweep Of History,' Do You Agree Or Disagree. Based On Text Fiftieth Gate

291 words - 2 pages explore their history with great detail.Marks change in the way he delivers the history of the holocaust is also influenced by the pain he felt through his parents memory,'alone frieghtened .... I was so scared. But my mother said,'run to judenrat' ....saved my life.' The memory of the survivors gives a unique perspective on the holocaust and the intimacy of such personal memories enriches the event.The biased view of mark and his parents memory does not affect the text as a historical source as it is written from the perspective of jewish survivors as they were the largest victims of the holocaust.

Organisational Culture, How It Develops And How It Is Effected By External And Internal Forces

4670 words - 19 pages hands on approaches suggest it is the role of leaders to implement and manage an appropriate culture."Organizational culture is the key to organizational excellence... and the function of leadership is the creation and management of culture.." Schein (4)The strongest relationship found in Mavondo's report (11) was that between organisational culture and management style. This confirms the notion that top management are the principal means by which