Antony and Cleopatra - Study Guide Act 2, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 225 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Antony and Cleopatra.
This section contains 326 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Antony and Cleopatra Study Guide

Act 2, Scene 1 Summary

The setting is Pompey's house in Messina. Pompey, Menacrates and Menas are gathered, as if fresh from battle or military preparations. Pompey says that fortune is on his side, for whilst men flock to his cause, Caesar can only raise money, and with Antony abroad, Lepidus is busy gaining Caesar's confidence and looking after his own interests. The trio of powerful Roman men is therefore weakened and divided. Pompey dismisses Menas' report that Caesar and Lepidus are mustering forces for battle. Varrius arrives with news that Antony is indeed bound for Rome; Pompey speaks of his hope to lure Antony away from Caesar, while the conflict between Fulvia, Antony's brother and the Caesar exists as a wedge between their alliance. Pompey is hopeful that their internal differences will prove too great: his strategy is to divide and conquer.

Act 2, Scene 1 Analysis

This scene is structurally...

(read more from the Act 2, Scene 1 Summary)

This section contains 326 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Antony and Cleopatra Study Guide
Copyrights
Shakespeare for Students
Antony and Cleopatra from Shakespeare for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.