History Theatre / AntonyAndCleopatra

18th Apr '16 11:29:31 PM MasoTey
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* RousingSpeech: Subverted-- Antony's speech to his troops is rather... depressing.

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* RoaringRampageOfRomance: The affair between Anthony and Cleopatra starts a war and turns all their people against them.
* RousingSpeech: Subverted-- Subverted -- Antony's speech to his troops is rather... depressing.



* ShooOutTheClowns: Weirdly averted-- at the play's climax, after Antony has died and Cleopatra has decided to kill herself rather than be paraded to Rome as Octavius' trophy, she calls for someone to bring her some asps... and that someone is a Clown, who proceeds to make bawdy puns about the "worm" eating women. This happens ''right before Cleopatra kills herself''.

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* ShooOutTheClowns: Weirdly averted-- averted -- at the play's climax, after Antony has died and Cleopatra has decided to kill herself rather than be paraded to Rome as Octavius' trophy, she calls for someone to bring her some asps... and that someone is a Clown, who proceeds to make bawdy puns about the "worm" eating women. This happens ''right before Cleopatra kills herself''.



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18th Nov '15 5:56:15 PM PaulA
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* DespairEventHorizon: Being a Shakespearean play, this happens to many characters. Enobarbus, for exactly, actually ''dies'' from despair.



* DespairEventHorizon: Being a Shakespearean play, this happens to many characters. Enobarbus, for exactly, actually ''dies'' from despair.



* TheExtremistWasRight: Whilst Antony and Cleopatra are more sympathetic overall, it becomes increasingly difficult to argue that the world would be better off with them in charge rather than Caesar.



* TheExtremistWasRight: Whilst Antony and Cleopatra are more sympathetic overall, it becomes increasingly difficult to argue that the world would be better off with them in charge rather than Caesar.
18th Nov '15 5:53:55 PM PaulA
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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Enobarbus, after his [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]].

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Enobarbus, Enobarbus' despair, after his [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]].[[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]], is given much more time than in the Plutarch.



--->'''Enobarbus''' ''(seeing a man carry an unconscious Lepidus back to shore)'' There's a strong man, Menas.\\

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--->'''Enobarbus''' ''(seeing a man carry an unconscious Lepidus back to shore)'' shore)'': There's a strong man, Menas.\\



* DeathByDespair Enobarbus. But not before he finishes his nice long monologue, of course.
* [[DiscOneFinalBoss Decoy Antagonist]]: Pompey.

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* DeathByDespair DeathByDespair: Enobarbus. But not before he finishes his nice long monologue, of course.
* [[DiscOneFinalBoss Decoy Antagonist]]: Pompey.DiscOneFinalBoss: At the beginning of the play, Pompey seems to be the major threat, but he's settled before the halfway mark and the real threat turns out to be conflict between the Romans formerly allied against him.
18th Nov '15 5:36:23 PM PaulA
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-->--'''Enobarbus''', on Cleopatra 2.2.244

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-->--'''Enobarbus''', -->-- '''Enobarbus''', on Cleopatra 2.2.244



* BearerOfBadNews: The messenger; Cleopatra beats him up for daring to report that Antony has married Octavia. He catches on, though, and later only brings Cleo good, if questionably truthful, news.
** ShootTheMessenger: The first messenger in Act 1, Scene 2 also lampshades how [[{{Foreshadowing}} anyone who brings the bad news is often blamed for it.]]

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* BearerOfBadNews: The messenger; Cleopatra beats him up for daring to report that Antony has married Octavia. He catches on, though, and later only brings Cleo good, if questionably truthful, news.
** ShootTheMessenger:
news. The first messenger in Act 1, Scene 2 also lampshades how [[{{Foreshadowing}} anyone who brings the bad news is often blamed for it.]]



* ButtMonkey: Lepidus. He tries to be the mediator between Octavius and Antony and ends up getting jailed.

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* ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey:
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Lepidus. He tries to be the mediator between Octavius and Antony and ends up getting jailed.



* CantHoldHisLiquor: Caesar. Subverted in that he is well aware of this.
** Played straight with Lepidus.

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* CantHoldHisLiquor: CantHoldHisLiquor:
** Lepidus.
**
Caesar. Subverted in that he is well aware of this.
** Played straight with Lepidus.
this.



--->'''Cleopatra:''' I drunk him to his bed/ Then put my tires and mantles on him whilst/ I wore his sword Phillipan.

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--->'''Cleopatra:''' -->'''Cleopatra''': I drunk him to his bed/ bed\\
Then put my tires and mantles on him whilst/ whilst\\
I wore his sword Phillipan.



* ConflictingLoyalty: A major part of Antony's character. He's stuck between his love for Cleopatra and his duty to serve Rome.
** Enobarbus is also conflicted between his love for Antony and his duty to Rome.
* DeadpanSnarker: Enobarbus, who always has something snarky to say about Antony's behaviour around Cleo. In the boat party scene, he has a great line:
--->'''Enobarbus:''' (*seeing a man carry an unconscious Lepidus back to shore) There's a strong man, Menas.
--->'''Menas:''' How so?
--->'''Enobarbus''' A' bears a third part of the world!

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* ConflictingLoyalty: ConflictingLoyalty:
**
A major part of Antony's character. He's stuck between his love for Cleopatra and his duty to serve Rome.
** Enobarbus is also conflicted between his love for Antony and his duty to Rome.
* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
**
Enobarbus, who always has something snarky to say about Antony's behaviour around Cleo. In the boat party scene, he has a great line:
--->'''Enobarbus:''' (*seeing a man carry an unconscious Lepidus back to shore) There's a strong man, Menas.
--->'''Menas:''' How so?
--->'''Enobarbus''' ''(seeing a man carry an unconscious Lepidus back to shore)'' There's a strong man, Menas.\\
'''Menas''': How so?\\
'''Enobarbus''':
A' bears a third part of the world!



-->'''Soothsayer:''' If every of your wishes had a womb,/ And fertile every wish, a million.

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-->'''Soothsayer:''' --->'''Soothsayer''': If every of your wishes had a womb,/ womb,\\
And fertile every wish, a million.



* DoubleEntendre:
-->'''Charmian:''' Oh, excellent! I love long life better than figs.
** And by figs, she means testicles.
** There are several others scattered throughout the play, some of them quite sly. Antony and Cleopatra is rife with sexual imagery.

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* DoubleEntendre:
-->'''Charmian:''' Oh, excellent! I love long life better than figs.
** And by figs, she means testicles.
**
DoubleEntendre: There are several others scattered throughout the play, some of them quite sly. Antony ''Antony and Cleopatra Cleopatra'' is rife with sexual imagery. When Charmian says "Oh, excellent! I love long life better than figs.", she's not talking about fruit.



-->'''Mark Antony:''' There's not a minute of our lives should stretch/ Without some pleasure now.

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-->'''Mark Antony:''' Antony''': There's not a minute of our lives should stretch/ stretch\\
Without some pleasure now.



-->'''Enobarbus:''' Why, then, we kill all our women. We see how mortal an unkindness is to them. If they suffer our departure, death’s the word.
** It should be noted, Antony has quite the opposite opinion, at least for Cleopatra.
** It should also be noted that that passage can also be read an extended DoubleEntendre, as "die/death" was a common Elizabethan euphemism for orgasm (as well as a current euphemism for the same in French).

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-->'''Enobarbus:''' -->'''Enobarbus''': Why, then, we kill all our women. We see how mortal an unkindness is to them. If they suffer our departure, death’s death's the word.
** It should be noted, Antony has quite the opposite opinion, at least for Cleopatra.
** It should also be noted that that passage can also be read an extended DoubleEntendre, as "die/death" was a common Elizabethan euphemism for orgasm (as well as a current euphemism for the same in French).
word.



** ManipulativeBitch: Cleopatra, to some extent or another, tries manipulate everyone around her, to the point where it begins to backfire on her and largely contributes to her and Antony's deaths.

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** * ManipulativeBitch: Cleopatra, to some extent or another, tries manipulate everyone around her, to the point where it begins to backfire on her and largely contributes to her and Antony's deaths.



-->'''Enobarbus:''' When it pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a man from him, it shows to man the tailors of the earth, comforting therein, that when old robes are worn out, there are members to make new. If there were no more women but Fulvia, then had you indeed a cut, and the case to be lamented.

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-->'''Enobarbus:''' -->'''Enobarbus''': When it pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a man from him, it shows to man the tailors of the earth, comforting therein, that when old robes are worn out, there are members to make new. If there were no more women but Fulvia, then had you indeed a cut, and the case to be lamented.



-->'''Lepidus:''' What manner o' thing is your crocodile?\\
'''Mark Antony:''' It is shaped, sir, like itself; and it is as broad as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is, and moves with its own organs: it lives by that which nourisheth it; and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.\\
'''Lepidus:''' What colour is it of?\\
'''Mark Antony:''' Of its own colour too.\\
'''Lepidus:''' 'Tis a strange serpent.\\
'''Mark Antony:''' 'Tis so. And the tears of it are wet.

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-->'''Lepidus:''' -->'''Lepidus''': What manner o' thing is your crocodile?\\
'''Mark Antony:''' Antony''': It is shaped, sir, like itself; and it is as broad as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is, and moves with its own organs: it lives by that which nourisheth it; and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.\\
'''Lepidus:''' '''Lepidus''': What colour is it of?\\
'''Mark Antony:''' Antony''': Of its own colour too.\\
'''Lepidus:''' '''Lepidus''': 'Tis a strange serpent.\\
'''Mark Antony:''' Antony''': 'Tis so. And the tears of it are wet.
18th Nov '15 5:26:46 PM PaulA
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!!TropeNamer for
* ShapedLikeItself



* ShapedLikeItself: Antony describing the crocodile to Lepidus makes this the TropeNamer.
-->'''Lepidus:''' What manner o' thing is your crocodile?
-->'''Mark Antony:''' It is [[ShapedLikeItself shaped, sir, like itself]]; and it is as broad as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is, and moves with its own organs: it lives by that which nourisheth it; and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.
-->'''Lepidus:''' What colour is it of?
-->'''Mark Antony:''' Of it own colour too.
-->'''Lepidus:''' 'Tis a strange serpent.
-->'''Mark Antony:''' 'Tis so. And the tears of it are wet.

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* ShapedLikeItself: Antony describing the crocodile to Lepidus makes this the TropeNamer.
Lepidus.
-->'''Lepidus:''' What manner o' thing is your crocodile?
-->'''Mark
crocodile?\\
'''Mark
Antony:''' It is [[ShapedLikeItself shaped, sir, like itself]]; itself; and it is as broad as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is, and moves with its own organs: it lives by that which nourisheth it; and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.
-->'''Lepidus:'''
transmigrates.\\
'''Lepidus:'''
What colour is it of?
-->'''Mark
of?\\
'''Mark
Antony:''' Of it its own colour too.
-->'''Lepidus:'''
too.\\
'''Lepidus:'''
'Tis a strange serpent.
-->'''Mark
serpent.\\
'''Mark
Antony:''' 'Tis so. And the tears of it are wet.
18th Nov '15 11:24:31 AM enitharmon
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A Roman tragedy by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. It can be viewed as a sequel to ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', though more for historical than thematic reasons. Shakespeare's source for the play was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_North Thomas North's]] 1579 translation of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_Lives Plutarch's Lives,]]'' and the play is essentially an adaptation of it.

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A Roman tragedy by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. It can be viewed as a sequel to ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', though more for historical than thematic reasons. Thematically it can be seen as a counterpoint to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', contrasting the naive young lovers of the earlier play with the older, more experienced lovers here. Shakespeare's source for the play was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_North Thomas North's]] 1579 translation of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_Lives Plutarch's Lives,]]'' and the play is essentially an adaptation of it.
31st Oct '15 7:36:22 PM Specialist290
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* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: "The quick comedians / Extemporally will stage us and present / Our Alexandrian revels. Antony / Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see / Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness / I’ th’ posture of a whore." - Cleopatra's opinion of what a play about her and Antony will be like.

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* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: "The quick comedians / Extemporally will stage us and present / Our Alexandrian revels. Antony / Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see / Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness / I’ th’ posture of a whore." - Cleopatra's opinion of what a play about her and Antony will be like. [[WrongGenreSavvy Unfortunately, this particular play is actually a tragedy.]]
2nd May '15 4:43:39 PM wootzits
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Added DiffLines:

* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: "The quick comedians / Extemporally will stage us and present / Our Alexandrian revels. Antony / Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see / Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness / I’ th’ posture of a whore." - Cleopatra's opinion of what a play about her and Antony will be like.
7th Jan '15 8:33:03 PM XFllo
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* ChristmasCake: Charmian is rather unhappy about having no children.


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* OldMaid: Charmian is rather unhappy about having no children.
30th Nov '14 12:42:27 AM LordGro
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--->''Age cannot wither her, not custom stale,''
--->''Her infinite variety.''
-->-Enobarbus, on Cleopatra 2.2.244

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--->''Age ->''Age cannot wither her, not nor custom stale,''
--->''Her
stale\\
Her
infinite variety.''
-->-Enobarbus, -->--'''Enobarbus''', on Cleopatra 2.2.244




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