Betrayal in “Antony and Cleopatra” The speech to be discussed (not part of page count): All is lost: This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me: My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder They cast their caps up, and carouse together Like friends long lost. Triple-turn'd whore, 'tis thou Hast sold me to this novice, and my heart Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly: For when I am reveng'd upon my charm, I have done all. Bid them all fly, be gone. Oh sun, thy uprise shall I see no more, Fortune, and Anthony part here, even here Do we shake hands? All come to this? The hearts That paneled me at heels, to whom I gave Their wishes, do dis-candie, melt their sweets On blossoming Caesar: And this pine is barkt, That over-top'd them all. Betray'd...The end:
.....rums him from his sport and speaks as loud As his own state and ours, ’tis to be chid As we rate boys who, being mature in knowledge, Pawn their experience to their present pleasure And so rebel to judgment. (1.4.30-38) In sum, “Antony and Cleopatra” is a play filled with the consequences that arise out of an irreconcilable inner opposition between duty and desire, and this opposition is brought into outward (dramatic) form in the many betrayals that the main characters participate in, either as victims or as perpetrators. In the end these betrayals bring both protagonists to disaster. Work Cited Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol. I. Gen. Ed. W.H. Abrams. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.