- The structure of the play
- Rome and Egypt: alternating scenes
- Is there a "turning point" in the tragedy? Antony's return to Egypt? The battle of Actium? Both off-stage.
- Whose tragedy is it anyway?
- Does Antony really love Cleopatra?
- Does Cleopatra really love Antony?
If you find him sad,
Say I am dancing; if in mirth, report
That I am sudden sick.
- The Thyreus/Tidias episode (3.13.46ff)
- Antony's death
- Cleopatra's feigned message of death (4.13.7)
I will be
A bridegroom in my death and run into't
As to a loverís bed.
- Generosity in death: "None about Caesar trust but Proculeius" (4.15.46, 48)
- "a Roman by a Roman / Valiantly vanquished (4.15.57-8)
- Cleopatra's death
- Proculeius betrays her (5.2.32)
- Her vision of Antony -- and its effect on Dolabella
- The Seleucus episode (5.2.141ff)
- She encourages her attendants to follow her example:
. . . the quick comedians
Extemporally will stage us, and present
Our Alexandrian revels; Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
I' the posture of a whore.
The stroke of death is as a loverís pinch,
Which hurts, and is desired.
Antony is hauled up to the monument in a very nineteenth-century staging.