William Shakespeare

TERMS: tragedy, tragic hero, Copernican theory

THEMES: Conflicting views of Antony's love. The failure to achieve permanence in love and politics. Cleopatra's ability to resolve contradictions. The blend of comedy and tragedy in Antony's and Cleopatra's suicides. Egypt as female, Rome as male. Transformation and theatricality.

READINGS: Antony and Cleopatra