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Unformatted text preview: Scene 2 introduces us to some of the minor characters, and it also includes a conversation about the nature of love. Thus, the main theme of the play remains in the foreground. The servants' witty, if somewhat cynical, treatment of the subject of love contrasts considerably with the exalted declarations of love that were made in the opening scene. An additional touch of dramatic irony is added when Charmian is exceedingly pleased at the idea that she will live longer than her mistress; little does she realize that her mistress will soon be dead. Cleopatra's troubled comments about Antony's change of mood are characterized by her reference to Antony's "Roman thought." In Elizabethan times, the term "Roman" was often used because it was believed that the Romans as a nation were typically serious and devoted to duty (the theme of Virgil's Aeneid); thus, here, Cleopatra may be suggesting that Antony's thought was consistent with...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08
- The Aeneid