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In Shakespeares tragedyhistoryRoman play Antony and Cleopatra we are told the story of two passionate and power-hungry lovers In the first two Acts of the play we are introduced to some of the problems and dilemmas facing the couple such as the fact that they are entwined in an adulterous relationship and that both of them are forced to show their devotion to Caesar Along with being introduced to Antony and Cleopatras strange love affair we are introduced to some interesting secondary characters One of these characters is Enobarbus Enobarbus is a high-ranking soldier in Antonys army who it seems is very close to his commander We know this by the way Enobarbus is permitted to speak freely at least in private with Antony and often is used as a person to whom Antony confides in We see Antony confiding in Enobarbus in Act I Scene ii as Antony explains how Cleopatra is cunning past mans thought Iii146 In reply to this Enobarbus speaks very freely of his view of Cleopatra even if what he says is very positive nothing but the finest part of pure love We cannot call her winds and waters sighs and tears they are greater storms and tempests than almanacs can report This cannot be cunning in her if it be she makes a After Antony reveals that he has just heard news of his wifes death we are once again offered an example of Enobarbus freedom to speak his mind in that he tells Antony to give the gods a thankful sacrifice Iii162 essentially saying that Fulvias death is a good thing Obviously someone would never say something like this unless they were in very close company While acting as a friend and promoter of Antony Enobarbus lets the audience in on some of
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