Anthony and Cleopatra Powerplay

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Powerplay Essay

‘Powerplay involves a conflict of interests'. How do the text you have studied and other related texts of your choosing establishes the nature of the interests that are brought into conflict?

Powerplay involves a conflict of interests, which brings the wielder of power has control and influence, yet places them in a vulnerable position from people desiring it thus resulting in a conflict to obtain power. This can be seen in the following texts: the play ‘Antony and Cleopatra', the film ‘Star Wars - A New Hope' and the novel "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".

An aspect explored in the three texts is how power is gained, and one way of achieving that is through military power and in Antony and Cleopatra Octavius Caesar uses military power to achieve absolute power as his decisions is influenced by reason not passion unlike Antony. An example is when Caesar strategically move Antony's own surrendered men in the front battle line during a battle against him as he says "Plant those who have revolted in the van, / That Antony may seem to spend his fury / Upon himself". The tense emotion on the battlefield manipulates the situation by making Antony feel he is fighting himself when fighting his deserted soldiers through metaphrasing them as himself and this illustrates Octavius cruel and ruthless nature. George Lucas shows that only the power of the force can make someone gain power unlike Antony and Cleopatra where instead of using intelligence or skill to gain absolute power, in Star Wars only people born with the force can gain absolute power in the universe, as Darth Vader points out "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force" and we see the effects of this as the use of body language and sound effects of Vader using the force to choke a man without no contact shows the force has given Vader incredible power and this brings fear to everyone not to mess with him throughout most of the film thus...
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