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What elements of discord do you find in the first two acts of Anthony and Cleopatra In the first two acts of Antony and Cleopatra we are presented with the opposing cultures of mysterious frivolous Egypt and ruthless imperial Rome Civil War has broken out and there is discord both within the triumvirate and opposing camps The intensity of Antony and Cleopatras love causes disharmony A political marriage for Antony in Rome compounds the situation The play opens interrupting Philo and Demetrius mid-conversation and we are made aware of discord within Antonys own camp Philos remark Nay but this dotage of our generals Oerflows the measure indicate that Antonys adoration of Cleopatra is regarded as inappropriate and undignified The use of imagery conveys the extent of their disgust the once great warrior is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gypsys lust They have seen The triple pillar of the world transformed Into a strumpets fool As their conversation resumes at the end of scene one it is clear that disapproval of Antonys conduct has spread to Rome I am full sorry That he approves the common liar who Thus speaks of him in Rome Antonys intoxication with Cleopatra is such that he has neglected his triumvirate responsibilities His indifference towards affairs of Rome is apparent as he dismisses a Roman messenger in scene one In bouts of flippancy his true motives are revealed Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall His subsequent unavoidable discussion with the messenger in scene two demonstrates that he is aware of his diminished reputation Speak to me home mince not the general tongue Name Cleopatra as she is called in Rome Rail thou in Fulvias phrase and taunt my faults With such full license as both truth and malice Have power to utter Discord between the
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