Scarus’ opinion of Antony Essay
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Scarus explains that Antony left in the height of the battle to chase after Cleopatra. Scarus’ opinion of Antony is now that of a coward, we know this because he calls him a “mallard”; this is a wild duck that chases after the female, who in this case is Antony is going after Cleopatra. Scarus then goes on to say that he had never seen such shame, which surprises him because it came from Antony, who has been described as a “triple-pillar of the world.
This is very significant because Antony shows how much love he has for Cleopatra. The fact that he would flea a battle at it most significant stage, to risk being called a coward, shows just how much he loves Cleopatra. And also, that he would leave a battle, and risk it being lost, just so he could go after Cleopatra, this shows how loyal he has become to both Cleopatra and Egypt. Scarus says that the experience of great wars and battles, a man’s pride and honour and a man’s manhood, had never been violated in such a way before. The fact that he would leave a battle which Rome is fighting, a place that means so much to him, to chase after a woman, is so out of character, this shows his once great love for Rome is now a low priority compared to Cleopatra.
Octavia, who is Antony’s wife, is another main character of the play. She is associated with gentle, natural phenomena, which means crying in the play. It is also clear that Octavia highlights the nature and importance of the argument between Caesar. As Octavia is Antony’s wife and naturally sees her goodness. Also, Agrippa has an opinion of Octavia; it is that because she is so beautiful and elegant, she has managed to attract the best possible man. Agrippa also says: “Whose virtue and general graces speak.” Agrippa is saying that Octavia has qualities and virtues which no other woman has. Enobarbus also has an opinion of Octavia, he says; “Octavia is of a holy, cold, and still conversation.” He is saying that Octavia is boring and religious, which Enobarbus sees as being a downside to her personality. He says that she has still conversations, which means that she is quiet and does not speak much to others.
Antony calls Octavia a “swansdown feather”, he is trying to imply that Octavia is like a feather on a river, and can not decide upon which way to go. Antony means that Octavia is weak against himself and she will agree or do anything that Antony says. It is clear from Shakespeare’s play, that there are many opinions of Antony, some of which are good and in his favour and others that are bad and against him. However, there are characters in the play that have in one scene said nothing but good comments and later on in the play, say nothing but bad remarks about Antony, it may not always be clear what causes the characters to change their opinion, but it usually has something to do with Antony’s love for Cleopatra.
It is obvious that Antony is an excellent soldier and Roman, especially when it comes to wars and battles. But, when it comes to deciding upon Rome or his love life, he is not so certain, and is usually disliked for his decision by his fellow Roman soldiers. Discuss the Importance of the Comments Made By Other Characters in the Presentation of Antony