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Throughout the first two acts of the play we have witnessed how Cleopatra has on a number of occasions manipulated Antonys behaviour and bewitched him into prioritising her above everything else in his life I will begin this essay by focusing on a severe example of this behaviour in Act III scene 7 During this scene Cleopatra tells Enobarbus that she wishes to be involved personally in the war I will be even with thee doubt it not Enobarbus does not agree with this behaviour and tries to dissuade Cleopatra because he knows that if she is present then Antony will be distracted If we should serve with horse and mares together The horse were merely lost the mares would bear A soldier and his horse Cleopatra refutes this statement by telling Enobarbus that she believes she should be present and Shakespeare presents her as very determined in this scene and alsso rather brave if not slightly nave We feel sympathy for Cleopatra in this scene because as the audience we see her constant ambition for power and her feministic views and here she is being undermined by Enobarbus purely because she is a woman We can however also see the opposite case because Enobarbus has had to witness many occasions where Antony has succumbed to Cleopatras wishes and he is predictably anxious of how vulnerable Antonys army will be if Cleopatra is present to distract him Cleopatra eventually succeed in her argument and is obstinate that she will be at the scene of the battle Act III scene 10 - At this point in the play Antonys army goes to war with Caesars and amidst the intensity of the fighting Cleopatra becomes scared and flees the scene Antony rather than persevere with the battle follows his lover leaving his troops with no leader Although the Romans have a low opinion of Cleopatra as a person they do not blame
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