Antony and Cleopatra - The Entire Annotated Play

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Antony and Cleopatra - The Entire Annotated Work

Table of Contents

Introduction
Key Facts
Context

Plot Overview
Shakespearian Language
Character List

Mark Antony
Queen Cleopatra
Octavius Caesar
Enobarbus
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus
Pompey
Octavia
Charmian and Iras
The Soothsayer
Dolabella
Agrippa
Camidius
Ventidius
Scarus
Proculeius
Diomedes
Eros
Menas
Seleucus
Clown
Decretas

The Entire Play
Act I, Scene I - V
Act II, Scene I - VII
Act III, Scene I - XIII
Act IV, Scene I - XV
Act V, Scene I – II

Major Themes
The Struggle Between Reason and Emotion
The Clash of East and West
The Definition of Honour
Motifs
Extravagant Declarations of Love
Public Displays of Affection
Female Sexuality
Symbols
Shape-Changing Clouds
Cleopatra’s Fleeing Ships
The Asps

Bibliography

Antony and Cleopatra
Introduction
Hello there, fellow Literature student! It is I, Greta Delaland, your very most favourite homework helper!! The following trillion or so pages are the entire play of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ to highlight, annotate and love very dearly. They have summaries and extra annotations that I have added in. Please note: this should not substitute the copy of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ from the book list. That one is an essential, despite others telling you otherwise. This one is just so you can write everywhere and still sell your other copy at the end of the year, and to help you through the tricky bits. Key Facts

FULL TITLE
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
AUTHOR
William Shakespeare
TYPE OF WORK
Play
GENRE
Tragedy
TIME AND PLACE WRITTEN
1606–1607, London, England
DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION AND PUBLISHER
Published in the First Folio of 1623. The First Folio was published by a group of printers, publishers, and booksellers: William and Isaac Jaggard, William Aspey, John Smethwick, and Edward Blount. Isaac Jaggard’s and Edward Blount’s names appear on the title page of the folio. TONE

Tragic, poetic, grandiose, decadent, stoic
SETTING: TIME AND PLACE
40–30 B.C. The Roman Empire and Egypt
PROTAGONIST
Mark Antony, one of the triumvirs of Rome
MAJOR CONFLICT
Antony is torn between his duties as a Roman ruler and soldier and his desire to live in Egypt with his lover, Cleopatra. This inner conflict leads him to become embroiled in a war with Caesar, one of his fellow triumvirs. RISING ACTION

Caesar lures Antony out of Egypt and back to Rome, and marries Antony to his sister, Octavia. Antony eventually returns to Egypt and Cleopatra, and Caesar prepares to lead an army against Antony. CLIMAX

Antony disgraces himself by fleeing the battle of Actium to follow Cleopatra, betraying his own image of himself as a noble Roman. FALLING ACTION
Cleopatra abandons Antony during the second naval battle, leaving him to suffer an insurmountable defeat. FORESHADOWING
The play’s repeated mentions of snakes—for instance, Lepidus’s drunken ravings about the creatures of the Nile—foreshadow Cleopatra’s chosen means of suicide. Context
The most influential writer in all of English literature, William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to a successful middle-class glove maker in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare attended grammar school, but his formal education proceeded no further. In 1582 he married an older woman, Anne Hathaway, and had three children with her. Around 1590 he left his family behind and traveled to London to work as an actor and playwright. Public and critical acclaim quickly followed, and Shakespeare eventually became the most popular playwright in England and part-owner of the Globe Theater. His career bridged the reigns of Elizabeth I (ruled 1558–1603) and James I (ruled 1603–1625), and he was a favorite of both monarchs. Indeed, James granted Shakespeare’s company the greatest possible compliment by bestowing upon its members the title of King’s Men. Wealthy and renowned, Shakespeare retired to Stratford and died in 1616 at the age of fifty-two. Scholars...
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