The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra Genre


The play is a tragedy insofar as it ends in a slew of deaths. But the good news is that it’s also a love story (remember it’s not a romance, as that refers to a type of whimsical play, rather than a story where love is central). Though it's tragic, Antony and Cleopatra isn’t a story of simple good versus evil. The characters are fleshed out and rather complicated. Where Hamlet is a tragedy about thought, and Macbeth one about consequences, this play is more about the tragedy of human will and interpretation. The characters’ actions can’t even be described as good or evil, but fall much better into the categories of actions ruled by passion or those others ruled by reason.

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