Antony and Cleopatra - Study Guide Act 4, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 4, Scene 2 Summary

Antony is told that Caesar refuses to fight him personally; he resolves to go to battle the next day, and asks his company to take a last, special meal with him. Enobarbus and Cleopatra talk apart from the others, about Antony's strange state of mind. Antony insists that they spend the evening with him as a last comfort. Nobody speaks directly to Antony or answers him during this part of the scene.

Act 4, Scene 2 Analysis

The asides between Cleopatra and Enobarbus, combined with the lack of conversation, create a powerful sense of isolation around Antony in this scene. The ties that bind him to his men and to Cleopatra seem to be disintegrating, as Antony appears more and more alone in his desire to confront Caesar. Antony’s actions and words are met with shame, everyone else having recognized the defeat of the situation.

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