scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,514
We can explore the nature of power and authority through many characters inShakespeares Antony and Cleopatra First we look to the Triumvirate as a whole Although they do not appear as a whole many times in the play they create a feeling ofauthority and power just by the speech used to describe them The three bear the worldon their shoulders and seem to hold all of the power and prestige of kings and emperors The concept of power becomes alittle less defined when Pompey enters the picture TheTriumvirate is threatened by Pompeys power on the sea He has more power than theydo as one man This is because he has more ships and a stronger fleet Time collapsesthis truth when the three men go to visit Pompey in all of their glorious authority andform a truce Pompey relents easily because he knows he cannot beat this union of threemen the superpowers of the world Act IIIThe most important example of power and authority comes when the Triumvirateis broken up into three individuals working independently Mark Antony and OctaviousCaesar are the two strong legs of the Triumvirate while Lepidus is the weak man whofollows the lead of the most powerful and authoritative of the two Ocatvius Caesar isthe most authoritative man in this play I believe this to be because he is the mostintelligent of the three thinking of conquest rather than love Caesar is never likened to aGod but rather is a master of speech and marks his words and actions carefully so as toconquer the world alone Mark Antony on the other side shows us love and physicalpower He is likened to a God by everyone who crosses his path By Cleopatraespecially demi-Atlas Iv23 Mars Iv18 Antony is revered in this gracephysical presence and deft ability on the battle field As a whole
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA