Antony and Cleopatra - Study Guide Act 3, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 4 Summary

We find Antony and Octavia at Antony's home in Athens. They are talking about reports that Caesar has publicly criticized him, and about Caesar's renewed hostilities against Pompey, which are damaging to his reputation in Rome. Octavia complains that her loyalty is now split in two directions, and Antony advises her to go to Caesar to discover the truth and patch things up, and ultimately to choose whichever side appears to her to be in the right.

Act 3, Scene 4 Analysis

Cracks are appearing in the alliance between Antony and Caesar, as predicted. Caesar has taken a course with which Antony disagrees; his personal honor is at stake if he continues to allow Caesar to act in his name or spoil his reputation. The alliance therefore threatens the traditions according to which Antony lives his life.

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