It is early morning on the day of the great battle

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It is early morning on the day of the great battle, and Cleopatra and some servants are  helping Antony prepare for battle. Cleopatra urges him to sleep a bit longer, but Antony  refuses; he calls for Eros, a servant, to bring him his armor. In a brief comic scene,  Cleopatra says that  she  will help Antony put his armor on; she knows nothing about  donning armor, of course, and so what she does is very clumsy. She picks up the wrong  pieces, she buckles badly, but she eventually manages to get Antony dressed. Trumpets sound offstage, soldiers enter, and Antony turns to Cleopatra and tenderly  kisses her. He tells his men that the morning looks good, "like the spirit of a youth." He  bids Cleopatra farewell, and he and his men exit. Cleopatra goes to her room to await  the outcome. This fairly straightforward scene adds a momentary bit of lightness to the gloom of the  preceding scene. The tender affection between Antony and Cleopatra is touching, for  there is a sense of tragic irony here; we are familiar with the story, as were probably  most of the theatergoers in Shakespeare's day. We know what the outcome will be. Still,  however, there is a great deal of interest in seeing how the lovers' fates develop and 
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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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