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Antonys Sword his delight and his destruction A discussion of Shakespeares Antony and Cleopatra In Shakespeares Roman tragedy Antony and Cleopatra we are told the story of two passionate and power-hungry lovers Both are characters that possess a god-like status Antony is often associated with Mars 114 226 25117 the god of war and Cleopatra with Venus 22210 the goddess of love or better said the goddess of affection and passion Throughout the entire play Antony finds himself torn between a desire to be with Cleopatra and an equally strong desire to seek and maintain power in Rome The Roman leader becomes a virtual prisoner of lechery and has to choose between an empire and love However the goddess of love overpowers the god of war Antony himself says My sword made weak by my affection 31166 This statement establishes an important issue of the play the struggle between passion love and power war It is obvious that Antonys sword a symbol of both his lust and being a great warrior leads the play to its climax Antony is a clear example of a ruler who has thrown away a kingdom for lust He thrusts himself upon his sword a symbol of his manhood From the moment they met Antony was enchanted by Cleopatras extraordinary appearance when she first met Mark Antony he pursed up his heart upon the river Cydmus 22197-198 He submits himself dangerously to the seductive Egyptian Queen and the latter is fully aware of her sexual dominance She makes this clear to Charmian her servant by boasting about the way she had captured Antony That time O times I laughed him out of patience and that night I laughed him into patience and next mourn Ere the ninth hour I drunk him to his bed Then put my tires and mantles on him whilst I wore his sword Philippan 2518-23 It is
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