* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Interpretations of Cleopatra can differ wildly, especially due to changing values. At first the popular consensus was as a manipulative seductress, before other productions have emphasised her strength as a political leader. What's more is that does she eventually kill herself out of love for Antony? Or is it because she has lost political power?
** Octavius's character can range from a cruel and ruthless politician, to a noble ruler who just wants the best for Rome.
* CommonKnowledge: Cleopatra is not entirely written to be a seductress. That was just the common view of her for a while, ignoring the other layers to her character.
* BrokenBase: Does the play count as a tragedy or a history? Readers just can't decide.
* HoYay: There are times when Enobarbus' praise seems like he has a thing for Antony.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Caesar.
** Cleopatra for wrapping Antony completely around her finger.
* ValuesDissonance:
** The reason for the lengthy descriptions of Cleopatra's greatness, as opposed to [[ShowDontTell letting the audience deduce that themselves]]? Shakespeare knew the young boy actor who would play Cleopatra on the stage simply couldn't live up to the descriptions of her greatness.
** Earlier productions heavily play up the MadonnaWhoreComplex between Octavia and Cleopatra respectively - illustrating Cleopatra as a FemmeFatale who led Antony to his doom, instead of the chaste and submissive Octavia.
* ValuesResonance: Cleopatra is recognised as one of Shakespeare's most complex female characters. While there is {{Fanon}} that depicts her entirely as an evil seductress, the truth is that she's far more layered and can be played one of several ways. What's more is that her final scene is an act of powerful defiance; rather than submit to Octavius's dominance, she goes out on her own terms.
--> "My resolution and my hands I'll trust."
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