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February 27, 2006

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Cleopatra's desire for an easy exit with no physical suffering such as a cobra-bite inflicts is elegantly achieved.


According to one authority, the shortest period required for death to supervene following a bite from the Egyptian cobra is fifteen minutes though a healthy victim might survive for several hours.

In the play, Cleopatra kills herself with two snakes. Therefore, the effect of her dying is faster.


Cleopatra would have rather died than been shown off as a prize in Rome. She wanted to die and die fast so she used the asps. It says in the article that the real snake's venom wouldn't have produced a rapid result that fast. Cleopatra used two snakes to make death come faster.

Posted by DanielleMeyer at February 27, 2006 01:39 PM


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