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Impression of Antony in Act 1 of Antony and Cleopatra

Summary: In Act I of the play "Antony and Cleopatra," William Shakespeare depicts Marc Antony as a onetime great military leader whose fall from grace resulted from his adulterous affair with Cleopatra and his infatuation with the self-indulgent Egyptian lifestyle. This affair, along with Cleopatra's efforts to control him, result in Antony's increasing neglect of his military responsibilities.

What impression of Antony do we form in act 1"

At the opening of the play, Antony is described in a critical speech in terms which contrast what he once was with what he has become. The brave general and great leader, who subsequently became widely respected as a pillar of military might and brave leadership in the empire, is now a figure in decline, a man who has been tempted astray by the easy Egyptian life style and his passion for Cleopatra. Antony is presented to the audience as a character set in a political, military and emotional context. But his feelings for Cleopatra do not fully override his political and military intelligence for soon he returns to Rome and agrees to marry Octavia, Caesar´s sister, as a way of sealing the peace treaty between the two men.

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