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Free Study Guide-Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare-Book Notes
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STUDY QUESTIONS

Who is the protagonist of the play and why?

What is Antony's fatal flaw? Give four specific examples of how it leads to his downfall.

Fully describe Cleopatra's character and her relationship to Antony.

Why does Antony marry Octavia? Why is the marriage doomed from the beginning?

Compare and contrast the characters of Antony and Caesar?


What is Caesar's main goal in the play? What excuse does he use to move against Antony?

How and why does Caesar rid himself of Lepidus? What is the irony of Caesar's criticism of the weak Triumvir?

Why does Enobarbus grow disillusioned with Antony and eventually desert him? Why does he kill himself? What does his death foreshadow?

When does the climax of the play occur? Why is it the climax?

Why is the play a tragedy?

Compare and contrast the worlds of Rome and Egypt?

How is the play unified in spite of its many settings and fast action?

What is the main theme of the play and how is it developed?

List the major historical truths presented in the play.

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