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Antony & Cleopatra

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  1. Antony & Cleopatra The Outsider By Shannon, Jasmine and Kelvin

  2. The Outsider • Definiton: • A person who does not belong to, or is excluded from a society or group. • Examples within ‘Antony & Cleopatra’: • Antony • Cleopatra • Caesar • Octavia • Lepidus • Pompey

  3. Who is the outsider? • Act I • Antony • Leaves Rome to be with Cleopatra • Romans feel abandoned • Makes impulsive decisions because he thinks with his heart and not his head (Egyptian characteristic) • “The triple pillar of the world transformed into a strumpet’s fool.” (1.1.11-12) – Philo (friend to Antony)

  4. Act II • Octavia • Outsider because nobody loves her • Her brother uses her as a way of mending the bond between him and Antony • “To hold you in perpetual amity, to make you brothers, and to knit your hearts, with an unslipping knot, take Antony, Octavia to his wife.” (2.2.133) – Agrippa • Pompey • He has been deceived by the triumvirate • He is the enemy, therefore he is naturally an outsider • He is neither Roman nor Egyptian, does not fit into either society

  5. Act III • Lepidus • Classed as an outsider by Enorbarbus and Agrippa • Later thrown into jail by Caesar by accusing him of treason, loses his reputation with Romans • Act IV • Antony • Does not belong to either side anymore • Fighting for himself only • “Sometimes we see a cloud that’s dragonish, a vapour sometime like a bear or lion, a towered citadel, a pendant rock…” (4.14.2) - Antony • Act V • Caesar • Only triumvir remaining

  6. Whole play • Cleopatra • Outsider because she is a lady of power in a male-dominated era • Differs from Rome because her kingdom is ruled by women • Also because her people base their lives around their passion and not logic • “Name Cleopatra as she is in Rome.” (1.2.108) – Antony

  7. Language Features • “Sometimes we see a cloud that’s dragonish, a vapour sometime like a bear or lion, a towered citadel, a pendant rock…” (4.14.2) - Antony • Metaphor/simile which compares Antony to a cloud • “The triple pillar of the world transformed into a strumpet’s fool.” (1.1.11-12) - Philo • Metaphor referring to Antony’s loss of respect from Rome

  8. “To hold you in perpetual amity, to make you brothers, and to knit your hearts with an unslipping knot, take Antony Octavia to his wife,” (2.2.133) - Agrippa • Metaphor showing that Octavia was merely a pawn in Caesar’s game

  9. Negative or positive presentation • Positive • Although Cleopatra is an outsider, Antony may see this as being unique and different, which is what attracts him to her • Negative • Shakespeare generally portrays the position of the outsider as being negative • Exclusion/isolation leads to conflict

  10. Reaction from Elizabethan audience • Paid more attention to the one not belonging to the group • Made them feel sorry for and pity the outsider • Made them dislike Cleopatra for being a slut