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Antony and Cleopatra Characters Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt Cleopatra is the Queen of Egypt. Notoriously one of the most difficult characters to play in all of Shakespeare, she is deeply erotic, charismatic, theatrical, volatile, temperamental, and generally unclassifiable. She seems to seduce every man she meets, leading her to be considered both an enchantress and a whore. An emblem of Oriental decadence, she is contrasted to the puritanical Romans, especially Caesar and Octavia, and it is her drawing Antony into her net that brings about his downfall, as he “goes native” under her influence, giving Caesar a handy excuse to cast Antony as a traitor to Roman principles. She may or may not have a genuine sentimental attachment to Antony; that is a matter of interpretation. If she does not, then she is using her erotic wiles to subjugate him so as to keep herself in power. She was once the lover of Julius Caesar, whom she claims was next to nothing compared to Antony.
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