This paper focuses on the start of Antony and Cleopatra. For your reading journal, write 1-2 pages (single-spaced) about the beginning of the play. For instance, you can think about: How does it set up the rest of the story?
The start of Antony and Cleopatra-for your reading journal
For your reading journal, write 1-2 pages (single-spaced) about the beginning of the play. For instance, you can think about:
Firstly, How does it set up the rest of the story?
Secondly, What do you expect will happen next?
Thirdly, How does the first scene present the main characters?
Fourthly, What is the court of Egypt like?
(Remember: Shakespeare isn’t trying to make a historical documentary. He is trying to establish a mood and create an elaborate fictional world as a setting.)
Additionally, you can compare the start of Antony and Cleopatra to the start of Julius Caesar if you like.
What is the story of Antony and Cleopatra?
In 41 BC Cleopatra was summon ed to Tarsus (in modern southern Turkey) by Mark Antony. She is said to have enter ed the city by sailing up the Cydnus River in a decorate d barge with purple sails. While dress ed in the robes of the Greek goddess Aphrodite.