If an imaginary spectrum were constructed and if Octavius Caesar were placed at one end of the spect

If an imaginary spectrum were constructed and if Octavius Caesar were placed at one end of the spect

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If an imaginary spectrum were constructed and if Octavius Caesar were placed at one  end of the spectrum, Antony would waver, swaying and shifting in the middle, and  Cleopatra would be found at the other end of the spectrum. Not only is she queen of  Egypt, she is the epitome of Egypt itself. She represents all those qualities that Octavius  and the practical Romans have denied themselves — enjoyment, playfulness,  sensuality, and passion. But like all the other major characters, Cleopatra is more than  an allegory of personality traits. She is a full-dimensional, complex human being. In his  portrayal of this woman, Shakespeare has taken the view of her as presented in  countless legends and blended in many subtler features. She is no longer the one- dimensional, near-mythical queen of a mysterious and erotic country. Cleopatra is a monarch, but we rarely see her performing any of the functions of one. 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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