Antony and Cleopatra- Important Quotes (For The soothsayer tells Antony that he should go to Egypt
but Antony goes because of the lust and desire that
passage Identification component)
draws him there, not because he was told to.
Themes: female body, gender roles and power,
Race, duty, love, betrayal, contrasting regions Canidius, we
(Rome & Egypt)
Will fight with him by sea.
Characters: Mark Antony, Queen Cleopatra, CLEOPATRA
Pompey jr aka Sextus Pompieus, Menas and By sea! What else?
Menecrates (allies & pirates of sextus), Lepidus, CANIDIUS
Why will my lord do so?
Octavius Ceaser, Octavia, Domitius (loyal friend of
Mark), Fulvia (Antony’s wife), Eros (loyal to Antony, ANTONY
For that he dares us to't.
kills himself instead of obeying Antony’s order to
kill him), Demetrius and Philo (friends of Antony & Antony’s ships are weaker than Caesar’s, and this fight
Roman soldiers), Charmian & Iras (Cleopatra’s loyal is a risk, but Caesar has dared him to fight at sea so his
attendants) && Julius Ceaser mentioned here and pride won’t let him back down.
Roman empire ruled by 3 men known as Is Antony or we in fault for this?
Triumvirs: Antony only, that would make his will
o Mark Antony, Lepidus, Octavius
Lord of his reason. What though you fled
Ceaser From that great face of war, whose several ranges
Frighted each other? Why should he follow?
The itch of his affection should not then
CLEOPATRA Have nick'd his captainship, at such a point,
[Looking for Antony] He was dispos'd to mirth; but on When half to half the world oppos'd, he being
the sudden The mered question. 'Twas a shame no less
A Roman thought hath struck him. Enobarbus! Than was his loss, to course your flying flags
ENOBARBUS And leave his navy gazing.
Enobarus= angry at Antony for letting his passion over
CLEOPATRA rule his reason yet again.
Seek him, and bring him hither. Where's Alexas?
ALEXAS Antony: But stirr'd by Cleopatra.
Here, at your service. My lord approaches. Now, for the love of Love and her soft hours,
Enter ANTONY, with a MESSENGER and attendants Let's not confound the time with conference harsh:
There's not a minute of our lives should stretch
We will not look upon him. Go with us. Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
Cleo is upset because she can’t find Antony who CAESAR
was in a good mood before he thought of Rome You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know,
It is not Caesar's natural vice to hate
ANTONY Our great competitor. From Alexandria
I will to Egypt;
This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes
And though I make this marriage for my peace, The lamps of night in revel; is not more manlike
I' th' East my pleasure lies. Than Cleopatra, nor the queen of Ptolemy POMPEY
More womanly than he; Let's ha't, good soldier.
ALEXAS Come, let's all take hands,
'Good friend,' quoth he
Till that the conquering wine hath steep'd our sense
'Say the firm Roman to great Egypt sends In soft and delicate Lethe.
This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot,
To mend the petty present, I will piece CAESAR
Her opulent throne with kingdoms. All the East, Contemning Rome, he has done all this and more
Say thou, shall call her mistress.' In Alexandria. Here's the manner of't:
I' th' market-place, on a tribunal silver'd,
ENOBARBUS: I will tell you. Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,
Burn'd on the water. The poop was beaten gold; Were publicly enthron'd; at the feet sat
Caesarion, whom they call my father's son,
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that And all the unlawful issue that their lust
The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver,
Since then hath made between them. Unto her
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made He gave the stablishment of Egypt; made her
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person, Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
It beggar'd all description. She did lie MAECENAS
In her pavilion, cloth-of-gold, of tissue,
This in the public eye?
O'erpicturing that Venus where we see CAESAR
The fancy out-work nature. On each side her
I' th' common show-place, where they exercise.
Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids, His sons he there proclaim'd the kings of kings:
With divers-colour'd fans, whose wind did seem Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia,
To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assign'd
And what they undid did Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She
POMPEY In th' habiliments of the goddess Isis
This is not yet an Alexandrian feast. That day appear'd; and oft before gave audience,
As 'tis reported, so.
It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho!
Here's to Caesar! Our lamp is spent, it's out! Good sirs, take heart.
I could well forbear't. We'll bury him; and then, what's brave, what's noble,
Let's do it after the high Roman fashion,
It's monstrous labour when I wash my brain And make death proud to take us.
And it grows fouler.
Be a child o' th' time. Shall they hoist me up,
CAESAR And show me to the shouting varletry
Possess it, I'll make answer. Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
But I had rather fast from all four days Be gentle grave unto me! Rather on Nilus' mud
Than drink so much in one. Lay me stark-nak'd, and let the water-flies
ENOBARBUS Blow me into abhorring! Rather make
[To ANTONY] Ha, my brave emperor! My country's high pyramides my gibbet,
Shall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals And hang me up in chains!
And celebrate our drink? MAECENAS ANTONY
Now Antony must leave her utterly. Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me.
ENOBARBUS This is a soldier's kiss. Rebukeable,
Never! He will not. And worthy shameful check it were, to stand
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave thee
Her infinite variety. Other women cloy Now like a man of steel.
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies; for vilest things CLEOPATRA
Become themselves in her, that the holy priests O, never was there queen
So mightily betray'd! Yet at the first
Bless her when she is riggish.
MAECENAS I saw the treasons planted.
If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle
The heart of Antony, Octavia is Cleopatra-
A blessed lottery to him CLEOPATRA
Why should I think you can be mine and true,
ENOBARBUS Though you in swearing shake the throned gods,
[Aside to AGRIPPA] Will Caesar weep? Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness,
AGRIPPA To be entangled with those mouth-made vows,
[Aside to ENOBARBUS] He has a cloud in's face. Which break themselves in swearing!
[Aside to AGRIPPA] He were the worse for that, were he
a So Fulvia told me.
I prithee turn aside and weep for her;
So is he, being a man. Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears
AGRIPPA Belong to Egypt. Good now, play one scene
Of excellent dissembling, and let it look
[Aside to ENOBARBUS] Why, Enobarbus,
When Antony found Julius Caesar dead, Like perfect honour.
He cried almost to roaring; and he wept LEPIDUS
When at Philippi he found Brutus slain. I must not think there are
Evils enow to darken all his goodness.
[Aside to AGRIPPA] That year, indeed, he was troubled His faults, in him, seem as the spots of heaven,
with a rheum;
More fiery by night's blackness; hereditary
What willingly he did confound he wail'd, Rather than purchas'd; what he cannot change
Believe't- till I weep too. Than what he chooses.
Lepidus is much too loyal for his own good which
By Hercules, I think I am i' th' right. ultimately lets Ceaser have the power to betray him
CANIDIUS. Soldier, thou art; but his whole action grows
Not in the power on't. So our leader's led,
And we are women's men. The valiant Caesar!
Canidius regrets that Antony’s actions don’t stem from By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth
the source of his own power, but the power of the If thou with Caesar paragon again
woman that leads him. To be led by another’s power is My man of men.
a weakness. Further, as they are led by a woman’s CHARMIAN
power (which was thought of as weaker than a man’s) By your most gracious pardon,
I sing but after you. CLEOPATRA Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.
My salad days, AGRIPPA
When I was green in judgment, cold in blood, Both he loves.
To say as I said then ENOBARBUS
They are his shards, and he their beetle.
Say not so, Agrippa. Talks about how Lepidius’ loyalty to both Antony and
If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof Ceaser is his weakness as they are both enemies.
Were well deserv'd of rashness.
Come, sir, come;
I am not married, Caesar. Let me hear
Agrippa further speak. I'll wrestle with you in my strength of love.
Look, here I have you; thus I let you go,
Agrippa advises Antony marry Octavia & Caesar points And give you to the gods
out that Antony’s love is devoted to Cleopatra., Antony
emotionally abandons Cleo, and says he’s not married OCTAVIA
A more unhappy lady,
to her. He betrays their love, by being more loyal to
Rome and his own political advantage than to love. If this division chance, ne'er stood between,
Praying for both parts.
ENOBARBUS The good gods will mock me presently
I think so too. But you shall find the band that seems When I shall pray 'O, bless my lord and husband!'
to tie their friendship together will be the very strangler Undo that prayer by crying out as loud
of 'O, bless my brother!' Husband win, win brother,
their amity: Octavia is of a holy, cold, and still Prays, and destroys the prayer; no mid-way
conversation. 'Twixt these extremes at all.
Who would not have his wife so? SCARUS
She once being loof'd,
Not he that himself is not so; which is Mark Antony. He The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
will to his Egyptian dish again; then shall the sighs of Claps on his sea-wing, and, like a doting mallard,
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her.
blow the fire up in Caesar, and, as I said before, that I never saw an action of such shame;
Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before
the strength of their amity shall prove the immediate Did violate so itself.
Different worlds. World of domestic love for a woman
their variance. Antony will use his affection where it is; and world of males at war can’t overlap.
married but his occasion here. CANIDIUS
Had our general
Talk about how Antony won’t be able to remain loyal to Been what he knew himself, it had gone well.
Octivia as he would be to Cleo
O, he has given example for our flight
Most grossly by his own!
But he loves Caesar best. Yet he loves Antony.
Hoo! hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets, He knows that you embrace not Antony
cannot As you did love, but as you fear'd him.
Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number- hoo!-
His love to Antony. But as for Caesar, O! THIDIAS There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd.
The scars upon your honour, therefore, he
Does pity, as constrained blemishes, CLEOPATRA
Not as deserv'd. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov'd.
He is a god, and knows Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
What is most right. Mine honour was not yielded,
But conquer'd merely. CHARMIAN
ENOBARBUS Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,
You do not hold the method to enforce
[Aside] To be sure of that,
I will ask Antony. Sir, sir, thou art so leaky The like from him.
That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for
Thy dearest quit thee. What should I do I do not?
Cleo believes the words of Thidias and betrays antony’s In each thing give him way; cross him in nothing.
love for a moment CLEOPATRA
Thou teachest like a fool- the way to lose him.
I am alone the villain of the earth, CLEOPATRA
And feel I am so most. O Antony, Not now to hear thee sing; I take no pleasure
Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid In aught an eunuch has. 'Tis well for thee
My better service, when my turpitude That, being unseminar'd, thy freer thoughts
Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart. May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections?
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean CLEOPATRA
Shall outstrike thought; but thought will do't, I feel.
I fight against thee? No! I will go seek O Charmian,
Where think'st thou he is now? Stands he or sits he?
Some ditch wherein to die; the foul'st best fits
My latter part of life Or does he walk? or is he on his horse?
O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!
ANTONY Do bravely, horse; for wot'st thou whom thou mov'st?
Triple-turn'd whore! 'tis thou The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm
Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart And burgonet of men.
Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly;
For when I am reveng'd upon my charm, AGRIPPA
I have done all. To hold you in p