How do you, in the 21st Century, respond to Shakespeares dramatization of Cleopatra

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I believe Shakespeare's dramatization of Cleopatra does not step to far away from the actual person and leader she was. However, Shakespeare seems to have placed a much larger emphases on her love life; more so than what probably took place in reality. As a matter of fact, Shakespeare presented her to the theatrical audience as more in-depth and humanistic than any other character in the play, "Antony and Cleopatra".


His betrayal of how she calculates and monitors others emotions emphasizes the fact that she was a woman whose every action and gesture had an ulterior motive. I believe, through Shakespeare's depiction, and reading the historical literature as well; there can be confirmation that Cleopatra used those feelings of others to exploit and serve her own needs as she saw fit. One example of this is in Shakespeare's play in Act I, scene iii when Antony has just learned of his wife's death. Cleopatra makes the somewhat sarcastic statement that Antony was not disturbed by his "beloved" wife's demise and says, "Now I see, I see/In Fulvia's death how mine receiv'd shall be" (I, iii,ll 64-65). Of course, her words are only meant in an impish type of playfulness but also carry a motive as well.
Beyond a doubt, I believe it is safe to assume that Cleopatra desired nothing more than for Antony to profess his love to her and act on it. Her need for love, to have Antony's love is not very different from the emotional behavior of all women in love. Though Shakespeare presents her as trying to trick and twist words to get her way there truly is no differentiation in that. ...
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