Classical Masculinity in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

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ISBN-13:
9783330069367
Einband:
Paperback
Seiten:
60
Autor:
Timothy Grams
Gewicht:
106 g
Format:
220x150x4 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This analysis uses the formula of classical masculinity to examine Marc Antony's value as a Roman man in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Examining Antony's history as a Roman hero, I distinguish how his reputation is destroyed through his romantic involvement with Cleopatra. Furthermore, I consider the divine representations of Cleopatra and Octavian Caesar as they oppose each other, and how Antony's role within their conflict defines his value as a classical Roman man. I then deliberate his sexual fetishism for the matriarch pharaoh, and how their relationship functions as sadomasochistic, defining Antony as the masochist and Cleopatra as the sadist. In conclusion, I focus on Antony's suicide, and determine the masculine value of his final moments within the play.