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Antony and Cleopatra - Act 3, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 1 Summary

The son of an enemy has been killed in vengeance for a Roman loss. Silius suggests that Ventidius continue on the back of his success, to conquer more territory in the pursuit of glory. Ventidius says that he will send news of his success to Antony, and wait for instructions. He says that it is not wise to act in the name of his general without permission, because his personal glory as a soldier is subordinate to his duty to Antony.

Act 3, Scene 1 Analysis

Shakespeare frames the political worlds of Rome and Misenum with one that resembles more traditional Roman values. Ventidius' speech outlines a more traditional, unpolluted military virtue, one that carries out its orders for a greater purpose, and takes only the appropriate praise. Silius tempts him with images of "triumphant chariots and […] garlands" (11-12), but Ventidius reminds him that, as...

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