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Nature described as mysterious and secretive is a recurrent theme throughout Shakespeares Antony and Cleopatra Cleopatra the ill-fated queen of Egypt is both mysterious and secretive and her emotional power is above and beyond natures great strength Whether described in a positive or in a negative manner both nature and Cleopatra are described as being great natural forces Throughout the first act the two are compared and contrasted by various characters in the play The first act set in Alexandria Egypt sets the stage for the play and presents the majority of the actors Scene two introduces one of the major themes of the play Nature This raunchy innuendo- filled scene has two of Cleopatras close friends and one of Antonys discussing her and Antonys life Charmian one of Cleopatras best friends Alexas one of Cleopatras servants as well as the link between her and Antony Enobarbus one of Antonys trusted Lieutenants as well as a Soothsayers are all present and discussing their fortunes During this discussion the Soothsayer states In Natures infinite book of secrecy A little I can read Iii10-11 The Soothsayer explains to the others that there is little she can do outside of not only her powers but also what nature allows her to One of the first references to nature and the mystery that revolves around it this quote simply demonstrates how little power the people have over something as great as nature Nature and the elements surrounding it are simply a mystery to the people of Rome In his discussion with his commanding Lieutenant Enobarbus refers to Cleopatra the queen of Egypt and Antonys soon-to- be lover as a great natural force that is above natures powers In the second scene of the first act Antony states She is cunning past mans thought Iii145 This statement is then followed by Enobarbus statement about Cleopatra her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure
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