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Complete summary of William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. eNotes plot summaries cover all print Print; document PDF. This Page Only · Entire Study. Synopsis 6. The Path Guy 7. Anticipation Guide 8. Reading the Play Like all of Shakespeare's plays, even though Antony and Cleopatra was .. http:// portal7.info . Antony and Cleopatra is a tragic play by William Shakespeare first performed in Read a Plot Overview of the entire play or a scene by scene Summary and.
We begin in Egypt with Mark Antony, one of the three leaders or triumvirs of the Roman Republic , reveling with his powerful lover Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. This drunken merry-making is getting in the way of his being an effective ruler in Rome, and the people at home are beginning to resent it. He gets news that his wife, Fulvia, alongside his brother, has been making war against the other triumvirs, and also that Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey the Great a former ruler of Rome , is threatening Rome as well. Also, there are pirates. Antony finds out that his wife is dead, which solves the war problem—but he really does need to be getting back to Rome to address the Pompey situation. Antony agrees that he should head back to Egypt, where his pleasure lies.
Parthia, an Eastern superpower and Rome's most powerful adversary, has overrun much of the Near and Middle East. His wife has died. These developments force Antony back to Rome. Accompanying him, among others, is the cynical Roman soldier Enobarbus, whose cutting insights make him one of the play's most memorable characters. Antony parts from Cleopatra, who puts on a great show of anger and distrust; he does his best to assure her that his heart will remain with her.
Octavius, nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar , fumes about Antony's negligence. Pompey, a dangerous adversary, controls the seas around Italy, threatening the authority of the triumvirate.
Act Two. When Antony finally returns, tension between himself and Octavius remains high. To seal the men's alliance, a marriage is brokered between Antony and Octavia, Octavius' sister. A soothsayer warns Antony that he must stay away from Caesar, for in any contest between them, Caesar will prevail. Back in Alexandria, Cleopatra takes the news of Antony's marriage rather poorly, beating the messenger and threatening him with a knife.
The triumvirate meets with Pompey, and forces a rather disadvantageous peace on him. Antony's presence is enough to frighten Pompey into submission. That night, when Pompey feasts the triumvirs, his subordinate Menas offers to murder the three men and make Pompey unchallenged ruler of the Roman world. Pompey declines the offer because of his sense of honor, but he does so with some regret.
Act Three. Octavia and Octavius have an emotional parting, and Antony takes her with him to Athens. Cleopatra, back in Egypt, has trained her messenger to give only good news.
She has not given up, even though Antony is married, and plans to win him back. Some time elapses between 3. Antony frets in Athens: Octavius has moved, unapproved, against Pompey.
Antony hears that Enobarbus has fled and instead of being angry he feels sorry for the guy, sending treasure chests after him. He laments that his own bad fortune has driven Enobarbus to switch teams. Meanwhile, Enobarbus stands under the moon and laments his broken heart. Some soldiers are watching him, unnoticed, and see him die of a broken heart.
He goes to the palace in a rage, resolving to kill her. He responds by deciding to kill himself too—thinking it was noble of Cleopatra to be the one who decided when her life was over.
He asks his friend Eros to kill him, and Eros chooses to kill himself instead rather than go through with it. Antony, hearing this, asks to be taken to her, so he can die near her.
Antony, bleeding all over the place, tells Cleopatra she should yield herself to Caesar for her safety and honor.
He dies, and Cleopatra beings the preparations to kill herself, too. She asks for her kingdom, Egypt, to be given to her son. Dolabella confirms her fear that Caesar means to make her a central attraction in his victory parade.
Unfortunately, her treasurer says she lied, so fighting follows. Once Caesar leaves, Dolabella tells Cleopatra that Caesar will send for her and her children in three days to be put in the victory march.
He is frustrated with Cleopatra and thinks that he will surrender to Octavius. He sends an ambassador to Octavius, who tells the ambassador that he will show no mercy to Antony, but will pardon Cleopatra if she will either kill Antony or drive him out of Egypt. Octavius sends a messenger named Thidias to go and promise Cleopatra gifts in an attempt to persuade her to leave Antony for Octavius.
Enobarbus thinks this is a ridiculous plan and starts to wonder whether he should remain loyal to Antony.
Thidias arrives and tells Cleopatra that Octavius will look kindly on her if she should leave Antony. Cleopatra tells him she will gladly surrender to Octavius. He has servants beat Thidias and send him back to Octavius. He yells at Cleopatra for betraying him, but she convinces him that she is really faithful to him. Antony begins to recollect his courage and plans to fight back against Octavius.
He tells his followers to enjoy one last night of revelry and drinking before their final fight against Octavius. The next day, Antony prepares for battle and kisses Cleopatra before leaving. Enobarbus receives his things from Antony, and regrets his decision to leave his kind former leader. The battle begins, and Agrippa is forced to call for his forces to retreat.
Antony has gained a victory, and returns to Alexandria to celebrate with Cleopatra. The next day, Antony fights Octavius at sea. He blames Cleopatra for the defeat and says that she has betrayed him. Cleopatra tries to soothe him, but he calls her a witch and sends her away. Charmian suggests to Cleopatra that she should go to her tomb, lock herself inside, pretend to kill herself, and send word of her death to Antony. Cleopatra agrees with the plan. Antony talks with Eros, and describes how sometimes clouds appear to be a particular shape, but then dissolve and change form.
Mardian enters and tells Antony that Cleopatra really did love him. He tells Eros to stab him, but Eros refuses and stabs himself instead.
Antony then stabs himself.
He is saddened by the news, as he respected Antony as a strong opponent. Octavius sends his men Proculeius and Gallus to go to Cleopatra and persuade her that he has no ill intentions toward her, so that she will not commit suicide like Antony and ruin his actual plans to parade her as a prisoner in his triumph at Rome.
Cleopatra tells Dolabella about a dream she had of a gigantic, powerful Antony who ruled the world.