Antony Monologue (Act 4, Scene 12)

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We love a excessive stakes monologue right here at StageMilk, and Antony and Cleopatra is chock filled with them. We’re going to try one in every of Antony’s remaining monologues from Antony and Cleopatra through which after an extended battle, betrayed by his nice love Cleopatra he decides to kill her and himself. A bit like Romeo and Juliet however… not as loving. It doesn’t get way more excessive stakes than that.

Context

So once we begin the play Antony, one in every of Rome’s triumvirs together with Octavius and Lepidus has been hanging out with Cleopatra in Alexandria and sort of neglecting his stately duties in Rome, one in every of which is the truth that his third spouse Fulvia, after rebelling towards Octavius has died.

In order that they name him again to Rome to return and assist them combat these three infamous pirates referred to as Sextus Pompey, Menecrates, and Menas, who’re inflicting all types of shenanigans within the mediterranean sea. Cleopatra begs Antony to not go, however reassuring her of his love for her, he leaves anyway.

So the three males meet in Rome, and Octavius and Antony put apart their variations. Agrippa, one in every of Octavius’ Generals means that Antony marries Octavius’ sister, Octavia, with the intention to strengthen the bond between them. Antony accepts the supply, however his Common Enobarbus is aware of higher than that, and says that Antony won’t ever be happy by anybody else, now that he has been with Cleopatra.

A soothsayer warns Antony that if he ever is to combat Octavius, he’s for certain, going to lose.

In the meantime again in Alexandria, Cleopatra receives information of Antony’s marriage to Octavia. And because the outdated saying goes “shoot the messenger”. So she takes it out on them. Nonetheless she’s calmed when her courtiers inform her that she’s not nearly as good wanting as her.

Now again to Rome, or extra particularly, the mediterranean sea. Earlier than the battle with the pirates the three triumvirs parley with Sextus Pompey and supply a truce. He can maintain Sicily and Sardinia in alternate for serving to them to rid the ocean of all the opposite pirates. Re hesitates however in the end agrees to the truce. In order that they get together down on his ship. Octavius leaves the get together early and sober. Quickly after Antony departs Rome for Athens. Later, Menas means that Sextus kill all three of the triumvirs and declare Rome for himself, however Sextus disagrees saying it will be dishonourable. Effectively guess how that labored out for outdated Sextus? That’s proper he will get betrayed. Octavius and Lepidus break the truce and battle towards him. Antony finds out about this later and could be very very not joyful about it, some would say mad.

So he goes again to Alexandria and crowns himself and Cleopatra because the rulers of each Egypt and the Jap Roman empire, , his a part of it. He accuses Octavius of not giving him his fair proportion of the Sextus’ lands and is livid that Lepidus has been imprisoned and kicked out of the triumvirate. Octavius agrees to present him the land however is tremendous mad about what Antony has achieved.

So Antony prepares to go to battle with Octavius. Enobarbus thinks Antony ought to combat on land the place he’ll have the benefit however Antony disagrees, saying he’ll combat Octavius at sea as a result of he triple-dog-dared him to combat there. Cleopatra gives Antony her fleet of ships to assist within the battle and he accepts. And so it’s battle time, and the battle of Actium takes place off the western coast of Greece. However Cleoptra adjustments her thoughts final minute and flees together with her sixty ships. Antony flees together with her leaving his troopers, sailors and ships to wreck. He’s ashamed at what he’s achieved within the identify of affection, and reproaches Cleopatra for making him a coward, however reconciles together with her, devoting himself to her and her love.

Later Octavius sends a message to Cleopatra saying she ought to change sides. Cleopatra flirts with the messenger solely to be interrupted by Antony who is kind of cross about it. So she sends the messenger to be whipped. Ultimately he forgives her and pledges to combat one other battle for her, this time on land.

On the eve of the battle, the troopers hear unusual portents which they assume should be the God Hercules abandoning Antony’s military. Enobarbus will get so spooked that he decides to modify sides and go be a part of Octavius. When Antony finds out, as a substitute of confiscating his items which he left behind, he sends them to him. When Enobarbus receives them he feels so ashamed about what he’s achieved that he dies of a damaged coronary heart.

Antony loses the battle, and his troops abandon him en masse. He denounces Cleopatra, and decides to kill her and himself for what he believes to be treachery and he says…

Authentic Textual content

All is misplaced!

This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me.
My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder
They forged their caps up and carouse collectively
Like pals lengthy misplaced. Triple-turned whore! ‘Tis thou
Hast offered me to this novice, and my coronary heart
Makes solely wars on thee. Bid all of them fly!
For when I’m revenged upon my appeal,
I’ve achieved all. Bid all of them fly! Be gone!

Exit SCARUS

O solar, thy uprise shall I see no extra.
Fortune and Antony half right here; even right here
Can we shake fingers. All come to this? The hearts
That spanieled me at heels, to whom I gave
Their needs, do discandy, soften their sweets
On blossoming Caesar, and this pine is barked
That overtopped all of them. Betrayed I’m.
O this false soul of Egypt! This grave appeal
Whose eye becked forth my wars and referred to as them house,
Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief finish,
Like a proper gipsy hath at quick and unfastened,
Beguiled me to the very coronary heart of loss.
What, Eros, Eros!

Unfamiliar Language

Hath: Has
Yielded: Surrendered
Foe: Enemy
Yonder: Over there
Carouse: Drink/Social gathering
Thy: Your
Hearts: Mates/Companions
Spanieled: Fawned
Discandy: Go away
Becked: Beckoned
Beguiled: Tricked

Fashionable Translation

I’ve misplaced all the pieces!
This horrible Egyptian lady has betrayed me.
My Navy has surrendered to the enemy and now they throw their hats within the air and share a drink like outdated pals.
That whore thrice over! It’s you who has offered me out to Caesar and my coronary heart is livid with you and also you alone.
Inform all of them to go!
My solely occupation is getting revenge towards this lady.
Inform all of them to go! Get out!

Exit SCARUS

Oh solar, I’ll by no means see you rise once more.
I half with success right here and say goodbye.
Has all of it come to this?
The chums that fawned over me, the buddies who I’ve all the pieces they desired are leaving, and now they fawn for Caesar in his new discovered glory.
And me, like an outdated tree beginning to rot, when as soon as I towered about all of them.
I’m betrayed.
Oh this mendacity Egyptian!
This evil charmer who on a whim would begin and finish wars.
Whose coronary heart was my biggest prize, my penultimate objective.
She has tricked me like a Gypsy and now I’ve misplaced all of it.

Notes on Efficiency

It may be straightforward to get caught up within the anger of this monologue, within the rage and angst. However look somewhat deeper and also you’ll see what has Marc Antony so riled up is straightforward unmistakable heartbreak. Sure he’s indignant, sure plots revenge, however the place does it come from? From the love of his life betraying him and subsequently breaking his coronary heart.

With that mentioned, it is a nice likelihood to let it rip! Go massive or go house. Bear in mind it’s all the time simpler to reign issues in than to attempt to make them extra expanded. So hook up with the given circumstances and go for it.

Lastly be mindful the historical past of this character and likewise of Cleopatra. If potential, it wouldn’t be the worst thought you’ve ever needed to learn Julius Caesar or not less than know the plot factors to higher perceive this play.


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