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Antony and Cleopatra
Image by Agostino Carracci, sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

Reading Shakespeare’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, I am becoming increasingly convinced that Cleopatra does not feel for Antony what he feels for Cleopatra. She abandons him on the battlefield, defects to Caesar’s ‘camp’, and refuses to kiss Antony as he breathes his last breath. Antony is evidently blinded by love, while Cleopatra – despite her spectacular nature - remains comparably level-headed and maintains a keen sense of self-preservation.

How do you understand this Shakespeare’s tragedy? Does Cleopatra love Antony as much as he loves her, or is her alliance with him simply strategic?

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I think she has lust for Anthony, but not true love. I think that was probably the case in real life as well. In that period, love was of little consequence; it was all politics.
He's crazy for her!

She is not as much...and you see it clearly.
Poor 'Antony'!! he just didn't get it!!!
Cleo, is a woman on a mission,that's it.
No, not at all. He was besotted with her and she clearly had other motives.
Oh no! I just realised both penis and vagina are visible in the above image. Oops.
by Vee
I hadn't noticed until you mentioned it ! Now, on closer examination, I think Cleopatra may have some sort of prolapse, or, things are just malpositioned. Doesn't matter, Antony looks like he is pretty capable anyway. Also I don't know who had the greater love, but I think may Antony may have chosen Cleo for a partner because her body and musculature is almost identical to his own.
by fran.
Assuming that is how she actually looked, haha.
by Vee
No prolapse, just her LM are large!
by donjo
I actually laughed out loud for this one!
by Vee
I won't lie... I have never read it. Or even seen the movie.
No shame in that, LOL. Shakespeare is not an easy read.
by Vee
Well, I must be getting old as cannot see any penis and vagina in the photo....perhaps I am also senile or have forgotten many things -LOL.

No, I dont think she really loved him.
by Finy
LOL. I'm sure you could see them if you zoomed in. At least I've learned to have a closer look at the photos I choose to post LOL.
by Vee
Yep, she's 'guiding' him in the right direction! Lol!
by donjo
Oh my gosh, donjo, stop! You are a hoot!
by Vee
She was a manipulator! He was in it for a 'good time'.
She got what SHE wanted!
Cleopatra. Cold as ice. Woman with an agenda. She was never weak enough to let a man get the upper hand. Men. They don't change much. LOL.
by Rice
(I shall refrain from commenting on the fact that they are bumping uglies.)
by Rice
LOL! Please refer to the above comments for reference to "bumping uglies". Hahahaha.
by Vee
Well the old Cleo sure has let Tony get the upper hand this time, in this picture !
by fran.
Hahahahahahahahahaha! Gold.
by Rice
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