Antony and Cleopatra - Act 2, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 3 Summary

The marriage ceremony takes place at Caesar's house. Antony is left alone with a soothsayer, who informs him that his fortunes are not favorable so long as he stays in Rome, and ignores his instincts with regard to Caesar. Antony dismisses him, but seems persuaded that he is better off in Egypt, sensing that Caesar is certain to take advantage of him. He sends Ventidius to Parthia in his place.

Act 2, Scene 3 Analysis

The soothsayer reminds Antony of the strength of his instincts, which have helped him in his glorious past. He speaks in gaming metaphors, which shows that he understands his weakened, isolated situation better. It is significant that, after the brief marriage ceremony, Caesar and Octavia leave together, and Antony hears his bleak fortunes alone. He decides to return to Egypt to recover the passion that his new political marriage of convenience lacks...

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