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March 12, 2006

one question about love...

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

"Doubtless, Antony and Cleopatra are in love, but love for a Roman Triumvir and an Egyptian queen can be neither transcendent or private."

This was a good quote that I found when reading Bowers' academic article. My question to this statement is, "Do you REALLY think Antonay and Cleopatra were truly in love? What were the reasons for saying they were in love...did Shakespeare ever give reference to the fact that they were in love? If so, what were these references? Like Cleopatra said, "If it be love indeed, tell me how much..." I wish Bowers would have gone into this question in deeper detail...

Posted by ElyseBranam at March 12, 2006 08:48 PM


That's an interesting question, Elyse. What do you feel Antony would have gained from the relationship if it weren't love he was after? For Cleopatra, I think it's easier to see her ulterior motives, since we see she wasn't all that good in battle, and thus needed Antony's protection.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 12, 2006 10:22 PM

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