Gender in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" Book Review

Gender in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra"
A discussion of the role of gender and its representations in William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra."
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This paper examines how William Shakespeare intermingled imperialistic tones with gender terminology in his tragedy "Antony and Cleopatra." The reviewer cites that the playwright described Rome and Egypt in terms of gender, as well as East versus West. According to the paper, imperialistic assumptions underline the gender identities. This idea is supported with various quotes from literary criticism as well as the text of the play. The reviewer concludes that Antony is not 'manlike' and holds almost an inferior position in the relationship with the 'enchanting queen'.

From the Paper:

"On the contrary,Cleopatra is not "more womanly than" Antony suggests that masculine traits in Cleopatra. Cleopatra holds Egypt by power and 'rights' made secure by Antony. When she is threatened,she attempts to secure some possessions. She believes in her own royal priviledge; her government is hierarchical and she is an absolute ruler.Some instances that prove her not so 'womanly' behaviour are when she involves in physical violence with the messenger who brings the news of Antony's marriage with Octavia and the other is her decison to go to the war to help Antony."

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