Antony and Cleopatra - Act 4, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

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Antony learns that Enobarbus has defected to Caesar. He orders that Enobarbus' personal treasure, which he has left behind, be sent with a friendly farewell letter.

Antony makes a significant gesture in this scene in returning Enobarbus' treasure. The betrayal seems to affect his outlook, and he begins to understand the errors he has made. His sentiments in lines 15-16 are admirable, and once again serve to reveal his humanity and natural goodness: "O, my fortunes have / Corrupted honest men!" It is ironic that he should choose the word 'honest,' although he seems to appreciate that Enobarbus has made the only practical decision.

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