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Part 1 - Cleopatra
Read the following passage carefully at least twice. What does it tell us about Plutarch’s view of the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra?
The passage begins by describing Plutarch's view of Antony and Cleopatra’s relationship as one of merriment and jest. Plutarch tells us that Cleopatra is constantly entertaining Antony and adding a sense of escapism from Antony’s otherwise mundane life. In this opening of the passage Plutarch also describes Cleopatra’s entrancing hold over Antony. Cleopatra is already being represented in a superior light to Antony, almost like a guardian or tutor figure. Cleopatra keeps Antony in ‘constant tutelage’ (Plutarch, in AA100 Assignment Booklet, 2008, p.18) indicating not only that Cleopatra has a guiding hold over Antony but also the strength of this hold.
Plutarch then goes on to describe the joys Cleopatra and Antony experience together. We see the activities and games they play. In particular we hear about them disguising themselves as a servant and maid, travelling around town to ‘scoff’ (Plutarch, in AA100 Assignment Booklet, 2008, p.18) at those less fortunate. Plutarch does, however ,indicate to us that Cleopatra has some admiration for Antony. She appears to watch him as he exercises and follows him about town not only allowing him to participate in his acts of mischief but also joining him. We begin to see Antony and Cleopatra’s relationship as almost like that of a mother and child.
Plutarch goes on to describe how he sees Antony’s view of Cleopatra. We see Antony fishing and becoming vexed’ that Cleopatra has seen his lack of luck. We see Antony’s frustration and embarrassment at his misfortune emphasising Plutarch’s view that Antony looks to Cleopatra for support and guidance. Antony however seems to be unaware of the apparent hold Cleopatra has over him. We see Antony attempting to rectify his mistakes by...