Shakespearean Tragedy: Antony And Cleopatra; By William Zhou
Antony and Cleopatra composed by William Shakespeare is a famous tragedy renowned for its plot that combines love and war into one single masterpiece.
In the beginning, we are introduced to our main characters, Antony and Cleopatra, who are protrayed as couples whom are madly in love with one another and only seek to stay that way. Antony's hamartia, his lust and love for Cleopatra is strongly depicted.
A new enemy has arrived that threatens the Roman Empire, forcing Antony to collaborate with Caesar. In order to undermine the bad blood between them, Antony marries Caesar's sister, Octavia.
Antony then returns to Cleopatra as she is the one who he truly loves, totally not considering Octavia's feelings. This causes Caesar to become furious and claims that Antony and Cleopatra are traitors, so a war begins. The element of peripeteia has been utilised.
Antony's army gets decimated and he blames this on Cleopatra for fleeing with her ships. Cleopatra attempts to see if he still loves her by giving news that she died. Antony filled with sorrow suicides by falling on his sword.
Having lost Antony, Cleopatra is forced to face Caesar on her own, so she then finds the most painless way to die which is have snakes poison her. Cleopatra then dies, which strongly emphasises the element of tragic death and the tragedy as a whole. The End.
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