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March 01, 2006

Simonds Academic Article

Article: Simonds -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

"...previously great but now falling in warlike prowess and courage...one still believed capable of reform and of a return to political preeminence, if he could just make up his mind."

Throughout the play, you see Antony as this tough, strong, masculine man who doesn't have a single clue what he wants to do or who he is. I chose the line because it stated that the audienced believed that he was going to make a comeback from his defeat, his fall, and become the warrior and fighter he once was. Like Andy said in his blog, the audience is looking for the hero, the good guy. In this story, the author of the academic article is trying to get at is that there really isn't a protagonist in this story. However, we begin to feel bad for hiim because of his confusion and that he is oblivious to the fact that the woman he loves is using him. After we keep reading through this article, Simonds explains hows our "sympathy for this man who can no longer control his passions" can no longer exist because of his violent spurs and jealousy.

I feel as if Shakespeare did not want a protagonist or the typical hero in this particular story.

Posted by Denamarie at March 1, 2006 03:38 PM

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I really liked that same quote as well, Dena. That's usually the first thing a reader or audience does: picks a character they think is going to be, like you said, "the good guy", and it's difficult because I don't think Antony and Cleopatra necessarily contain one.

Posted by: AmandaNichols at March 2, 2006 01:32 PM

Yeah, you guys are right. What do we as an audience do when we can't put our trust into one character? Shakespeare is really good at doing this to us, and that's probably why his plays are so popular. It's like we search and search and search and then at the end all that's left is Caesar. haha

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Posted by: ElyseBranam at March 2, 2006 07:22 PM

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