Antony and Cleopatra Quotes by William Shakespeare
Antony & Cleopatra - Act 5 Scene 1- by William Shakespeare
In Egypt, Philo and Demetrius, two Roman soldiers, discuss how their general, Mark Antony, has fallen in love with the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, and has lost interest in his proper role as one of the three leaders or triumvirs of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra and Antony enter, the queen imploring Antony to describe just how much he loves her, when a messenger from Rome greets them. Antony says that he has little interest in hearing Roman news, but Cleopatra tells him that he must listen.
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
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Scene : Several parts of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra and Antony appear as news from Rome arrives, and she taunts him and accuses him of subservience to his wife and the Roman senate He therefore refuses to hear the messages. He sees an identical fortune for another waiting-woman, Iras. The two women laugh over these predictions with their fellow servant Alexas. Cleopatra arrives and declares that she will not speak with Antony, who is approaching, and then leaves with her servants. Antony arrives accompanied by a Messenger who bears the news that Antony 's feuding wife and brother had united to fight against Octavius, but were defeated. The Messenger also states that a renegade Roman general has led the Parthians in a conquest of Roman territory Antony is angry with himself, for the conquered lands were lost while he was dallying with Cleopatra.
Presently, they observe as Antony dotes on Cleopatra, dismissing and ignoring a letter from Rome. Cleopatra urges Antony to attend to state affairs--to no avail. Antony will have nothing do with them, much less with Fulvia his wife. His only concern is to make the most of his time with Cleopatra. Philo and Demetrius hope that, soon, things will change for the better and that Antony will come to his senses, dispelling the popular rumor in Rome that Antony has become incorrigibly negligent. Charmian, Iras, Alexas, and Enobarbus, friends and followers of Cleopatra and Antony, idly spend their time feasting on food and drink and having their fortunes read by Lamprius, the soothsayer. Distressed that Antony has not sought her out, Cleopatra orders Alexas to find Antony and to tell him that Cleopatra is happy if Alexas finds him in a state of sadness and vice versa.
Act 1, Scene 1 Summary
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
The play opens in Alexandria, in one of the rooms of Cleopatra's palace. Two of Antony's friends, Demetrius and Philo, are discussing Antony's increasing fondness for Cleopatra. Philo, in particular, is worried about "this dotage" that his general has for the Egyptian queen; to him, Antony's passion "o'erflows the measure. Philo is fearful that all this pomp and beauty has turned his general from a fierce warrior into an addled lover. Significantly, he worries that Antony, "The triple pillar of the world," has been translated into "a strumpet's fool. Cleopatra's first words to Antony are teasing. She wants to know how much Antony loves her, and he boasts that if any love can be measured, then it is poor love indeed "There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned".
Antony promises Octavia that although his duties will often force him to be away from her, he will avoid the sexual indiscretions of his past. As long as Antony remains in Rome, the Soothsayer predicts, he will be overshadowed by Caesar. He advises Antony to leave plenty of space between himself and Caesar. Antony summons Ventidius, a soldier and friend, and commissions him to go east to make war against the kingdom of Parthia. In Egypt, Cleopatra amuses herself with her servants Charmian and Mardian, a eunuch.
The play opens in Cleopatra's palace at Alexandria, Egypt. Philo, who explains that the General's military and political reputation is suffering because of his affair with the Egyptian Queen, introduces us to the Roman General, Mark Antony. Antony and Cleopatra enter together, followed by her attendants and slaves. The couple is flirting openly; Cleopatra presses Antony to describe his love for her. A messenger arrives with news from Rome. Cleopatra teases him that it may be from his estranged wife, or perhaps a summons from the Caesar, whom the Queen mocks for his youth and inexperience, and for his influence over Antony.