Masculinity In Julius Caesar

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Some people are destined to live a life full of drama, others seek its excitement. After reading about several significant Roman figures it has become apparent that the most famous of them all lived theatrical lives. Roman figures like Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony, and Nero serve as evidence of the dramatic nature of the Roman character. The focus of this essay is Mark Antony, a man who was not destined to have the theatrical life he led. Living in the shadows of greatness he was forced to put on a façade that portrayed power, bravery, and masculinity. His efforts to reinforce his reputation and his attempts to live up to the greatness that preceded him are what caused his melodramatic way of life. Drawing from the many stories told by Plutarch I will…show more content…
He was known to have a weakness for women; one in particular brought him to his knees. The queen of Egypt Cleopatra was Antony’s grand theatrical love. His love for Cleopatra is said to have been so strong that “it was as if he were no longer the master of his own judgement, but rather under the influence of some drug or magic spell…”(305). Adding to the drama of his love life much of the Roman senate opposed their union. And as a ploy to restore the peace in Rome it was arranged for him to marry Octavia, half-sister of Octavius Caesar. This union was not taken well by Cleopatra who had already fallen in love with Antony. The affair between Antony and Cleopatra is possibly one of the most theatrical love stories to graze Rome. This affair had all the aspects of a dramatic play; it had passion, opposition, an arranged married, and even some love children. Antony’s love life was perhaps the least premeditated way in which he was able to maintain the façade in which he lived. He stressed his supremacy by defying the senate and with this action he was able to perpetuate the image of a powerful Roman

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