Professor Robyn Fox
English 1301 SHS
10 December 2012
Antony and Cleopatra Relevance to Humanity
Human nature is indecisive, and weak. In Antony and Cleopatra this is shown all throughout the play. Very early you find out that the two lovers Antony and Cleopatra are volatile and degraded. In the first act you learn of Antony, once a brave war hero is now a man corrupted by his desires. He is one of three leaders of Rome, who is married to a woman named Fulvia but having an affair with the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra a petty, over- the- top mistress who is all about taking care of herself, even if it means putting someone she loves in danger.
In the beginning of the play, you learn quickly of Antony’s carelessness for his wife and country. While Rome is in turmoil, Antony is enjoying himself in Egypt not considering what effect his absence could be having. All throughout the play you learn more and more about how Antony used to be, full of reason and discipline. He was a strong leader who took care of his country, no matter what. But after beginning his affair with Cleopatra and his visits to Egypt he turns into a completely different person, someone who is careless for anything but his own tainted version of happiness. In the battle against Pompey, Cleopatra tells Antony she will fight with him but during the middle makes all of her ships abandon him leaving him all alone, but instead of continuing fighting he abandons the battle as well. He is greatly ashamed of how he leaves, and tells Cleopatra that he will follow her any where even if it means he loses his honor. At this point in the play, it becomes clear that Antony is not the brave, warrior he used to be and is now a completely different person, someone weak.
Cleopatra has a lot of characteristics in common with Antony, but in her own way she is stronger and more independent. Cleopatra is girlish and insecure,
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