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In general, characters associated with Egypt perceive their world composed of the Aristotelian elements, which are earth, wind, fire and water. The Roman ideal of power lies in a political nature taking a base in economical control. The postmodern view of Cleopatra is complex. Shakespeare's relatively positive representation of Egypt has sometimes been read as nostalgia for an heroic past. Cleopatra decides that the only way to win back Antony's love is to send him word that she killed herself, dying with his name on her lips.

Essentially the political themes throughout the play are reflective of the different models of rule during Shakespeare's time. It would immediately have established the sportiveness of the lovers.

Those his goodly eyes

Cleopatra might be said to kill herself out of love for Antony, or because she has lost political power. Those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glowed like plated mars, now bend, now turn The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front. However, during the Battle of Actium off the western coast of Greece, Cleopatra flees with her sixty ships, and Antony follows her, leaving his forces to ruin.

For her own person, It beggared all description. But by sheer brute strength they would hold dominion over principalities and kingdoms. This is demonstrated in the following passage describing Antony. Eliot conveys the view of early critical history on the character of Cleopatra. Both utilise language to undermine the power of the other and to heighten their own sense of power.

Enobarbus urges Antony to fight on land, where he has the advantage, instead of by sea, where the navy of Octavius is lighter, more mobile and better manned. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony, He comes too short of that great property Which still should go with Antony. Fitz believes that it is not possible to derive a clear, postmodern view of Cleopatra due to the sexism that all critics bring with them when they review her intricate character. The play contains thirty-four speaking characters, fairly typical for a Shakespeare play on such an epic scale.

At Alexandria, Cleopatra begs Antony not to go, and though he repeatedly affirms his deep passionate love for her, he eventually leaves. Throughout his writing on Antony and Cleopatra, Eliot refers to Cleopatra as material rather than person. Boys who, being mature in knowledge, Pawn their experience to their present pleasure, And so rebel judgment. Most productions rely on rather predictable contrasts in costuming to imply the rigid discipline of the former and the languid self-indulgence of the latter.

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