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Playing with Opposites in Antony and Cleopatra Jacobean Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra , Lecture 2
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Staging Antony and Cleopatra According to the great Shakespeare scholar, Emrys Jones, Antony and Cleopatra “should never be thought of in terms of cinematic or operatic spectacle. Although it abounds in imagery of cosmic vastness, it works through short scenes and small groups of characters and through effects of often minute delicacy. Unlike Shakespeare’s other Roman plays, it has no crowd scenes: it is in many ways a quiet play, conversational rather than declamatory.”
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Shakespeare’s customary wooden stage The Swan Theatre, sketch by Johannes Witt, 1596. The New Globe Theatre, London
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ROME AND EGYPT Shakespeare is not particularly interested in historical accuracy, in accurately re-creating onstage the time or place of Rome and Egypt circa 40-30 BCE. Instead, he’s interested in what these places meant, what they symbolized—for the ancients, but also and more importantly, for his own time. And given that his primary interest is in evoking Rome and Egypt as symbolic
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Some Polarities/oppositions associated with Rome and Egypt ROME Male Reason, Pragmatism Duty /Honor War/Political Ambition Martial Prowess EGYPT (ALEXANDRIA) Female Passion, Impulsive action Pleasure/Self-interest Love/Romantic Desire Erotic Power
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P.75, 2.3.19ff: The Soothsayer’s Warning ANTONY Say to me, Whose fortunes shall rise higher, Caesar's or mine? SOOTHSAYER Caesar's. Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side… If thou dost play with him at any game, Thou art sure to lose; and, of that natural luck, He beats thee 'gainst the odds : thy lustre thickens, When he shines by: I say again, thy spirit Is all afraid to govern thee near him;
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P.77, 2.3.38ff: Back to Egypt MARK ANTONY : Be it art or hap, He* hath spoken true: the very dice obey him**; And in our sports my better cunning faints Under his chance… I will to Egypt: And though I make this marriage for my peace, I' the east my pleasure lies. ____________________ * He: the soothsayer
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P.79-81, 2.5.12ff: Fishing Metaphor CLEOPATRA Give me mine angle; we'll to the river: there, My music playing far off, I will betray Tawny-finn'd fishes; my bended hook shall pierce Their slimy jaws; and, as I draw them up, I'll think them every one an Antony, And say 'Ah, ha! you're caught.’ CHARMIAN 'Twas merry when…your diver Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he With fervency drew up.
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Dress CLEOPATRA: That time,--O times!-- I laugh'd him out of patience; and that night I laugh'd him into patience; and next morn, Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed; Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst I wore his sword Philippan. *** tires: headdresses, or abbr. for “attires” or
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:323 taught by Professor Fulton during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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