| Quote #1
Our introduction to Antony and Cleopatra sets the stage for the theme of love in the play: he is earnest in trying to prove his love for her – and she is slightly cruel and flippant with him. Their positions will flip often, but likely one will be in love while the other is feeling murderous, and vice versa. They constantly need each other’s affirmation (to be sure they love) and scorn (to be sure no one gets too comfortable).
| Quote #2
Charmian advises Cleopatra not to play hard to get. Cleopatra sees that in her version of love, the most important thing is to never seem willing to give in. Playing powerful and hard to get is the best way to ensure Antony will still love her – it seems it’s her power and tempestuousness that keep him interested in her.
| Quote #3
Sometimes love steals our words from us. It seems the nature of love is to be driven to distraction, even for the best of us.