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Antony and Cleopatra Throughout the play Antony and Cleopatra the charactors use and manipulation of power have certain impacts on their decisions and their lives Right from the outset the audience is made aware of certain plays on power and the impact this has on the delicate relationships in the play The plays theme of power play circulates mostly around the politics surrounding Antony and the Triumvirs and Antonys relationship with Cleopatra and the impact of this The opening of the play with Philos comments on Antonys transformation from the triple pillar of the world into a strumpets fool due to a gypsy depicts not only the power of Cleopatra over Antony but also the impact this has on their countrymen for the ability of Cleopatra to manipulate Antony and her influence over him are crucial parts of the play That is not to say however that Cleopatras influence over Antony is purely her manipulation of the magical power she holds over him but rather Antonys love for her is so strong and their love together is so strong it is inevitable that Antony is held spellbound by his lover In the beginning Antony has no desire to return to his governing land of Rome even after pressure from the other Triumvirs he remains in Egypt continuing his affair with Cleopatra He dismisses his duties saying let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall But when a messenger delivers news of the death of his wife he begins to feel that he might lose his dotage and that perhaps the cause of his wifes death is one that his idleness doth hatch He becomes torn between his head and his heart between his Roman duties and his pleasure Although Cleopatra has a certain power over Antony it is not strong enough to overcome his sense of responsibility to Rome Antony decides that he must
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