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The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra

The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra

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CLEOPATRA Is Antony or we in fault for this? ENOBARBUS Antony only, that would make his will Lord of his reason. What though you fled From that great face of war, whose several ranges Frighted each other? Why should he follow? The itch of his affection should not then Have nick'd his captainship, at such a point, When half to half the world oppos'd, he being The mered question. 'Twas a shame no less Than was his loss, to course your flying flags And leave his navy gazing. (3.13.3)


Enobarbus seems rather enraged by Antony’s own lack of reason or willpower. (Enobarbus uses "will" to refer to Antony’s desire.) In fleeing along with Cleopatra, Antony let his passion overrule his reason. Enobarbus charges he had no reason to do this, and in following his passion, Antony has incurred shame as well as loss.

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