How Is Cleopatra Manipulated

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Egyptians after Cleopatra’s death. However, Octavian had already won claim to the throne. Therefore, Caesarion was captured and executed. This act ended the line of Egyptian pharaohs and started a new era. Enslavement of Antony in Egypt represents a clash of East and West. Cleopatra’s manipulation was a revolt against the imperialistic impulse of western role. Cleopatra was bound to live in Rome with Caesar because if she had refused to be with him in Rome she would have lost her throne which Caesar has recently attributed to her. She wanted to sustain her throne at the cost of anything. It was believed that she was sided with the Republicans in the plot of Caesar’s assassination. After Caesar was murdered, on 15 March 44 BC, she then returned…show more content…
During the Roman civil war, she allegedly had paid much money to Cassius. It seems that, in reality Antony wanted Cleopatra’s promise to support his intended war against the Parthians. Cleopatra arrived in great state, and Antony was so charmed that he chose to spend the winter of 41 BC–40 BC with her in Alexandria. Moreover Cleopatra got an opportunity to revenge on west for imprisoning her. Antony’s imprisonment in Egypt was a kind of revenge against Caesar’s imprisonment of Cleopatra in Rome. For her cunning policy, she was known as “serpent of old Nile” (I. v. 16) and “false soul of Egypt” (IV.xii.25). Some historians say Antony was enslaved by Cleopatra’s seductive powers. Antony treated her as a monarch of equal stature rather than a subject, much to the dismay of the people of Rome. In addition, she seizes the opportunity to enslave Antony and to make him die at the pedestal of her desire. Shakespeare does not align the play’s sympathies with the West. The play suggests that the East will live on as a visible and unconquerable counterpoint to the

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