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Antony epitomizes the traditional tragic hero The elements that constitute Antonys tragic standing are centrally developed by the conflict between Roman duty and Egyptian sensuousness The audience empathises with the nature of his demise as it deems Antony a morally respectable person and can understand his downfall as a result of the conflict The conflict embodies his tragic flaw which is his stubbornness in trying to achieve an elusive compromise between his duty to Rome and his passion for Cleopatra Antonys priorities repeatedly sway in favour of Rome and then Cleopatra indeterminably and uncompromisingly The audience experiences catharsis upon witnessing the protagonists demise in light of this weakness as his sense of honour catalyses it leaving the spectator feeling morally inferior Antony and Cleopatras first exchange depicts Antony as a man ruled by passion with reckless disregard to the importance of his duty When Messenger greets him with news from Rome he responds hostilely retorting Grates me The Sum expressing his disinterest in Roman affairs Cleopatra teases Antony persuading him he should attend to his duty This provokes him to counter her pseudo advice and speak hyperbolically of his contempt for Rome and The nobleness of life with Cleopatra in Egypt He over-exaggeratedly expresses his lack of concern for the Roman Empire exclaiming Let Rome in Tiber melt These words stand- out as being particularly hyperbolic as they constitute grand imagery of Romes supposed vulnerability He then stresses its fragility in his absence retorting Kingdoms are clay He extends his hyperbole to the extent of claiming a certain nobleness about his affair with Cleopatra exalts the mutual pair to stand up peerless in the world The prominence of this speech as a deliberate exaggeration is magnified in the midst of the more contained and convincing speeches of Philo and Demetrius Philos speech illustrating the Roman perception of Antonys hedonism in Egypt whilst unjust towards Cleopatra is much more controlled than that of Antony He describes
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