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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?
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.