The opening of the scenes throughout the play show a contrast in the way Shakespeare illustrates Rome and Egypt. The contrast is more apparent in the shorter scenes. In the scenes set in Rome, Shakespeare uses language to portray a sense of urgency and speed. The lines are shorter and this allows the dialogue to be spoken at a quicker pace. “Trouble yourselves no further.
Pray you hasten… Your generals after. ” The speech is combined of short sentences and words containing three syllables or less.The sentences spoken within Rome are generally orders, commands or dictating important and specific information. In Act Two Scene Five, there is a dramatic change of atmosphere.
The scene is set in Egypt, and Shakespeare uses language to portray a sense of melodramatic depression, love and a contrasting atmosphere to the one used in Rome. “Give me some music; music, moody food..
. of us that trade in love. ” The sentences are longer, which emphasises Cleopatra’s melodramatic behaviour.
Food and music also symbolise Egypt’s relaxed attitudes.Using food and music within the quotation, shows what Cleopatra needs to become happy. The sentences spoken within Egypt are usually related to food, drink or music and usually have some correlation to Cleopatra’s volatile emotions. Although Rome and Egypt have some similarities they are portrayed as being two contrasting areas. Rome is portrayed as being stoic and creates the image of brutality, order, power and authority, while Egypt, on the other hand, is shown as being epicurean and creates the image of volatility, love, emotion and melodrama.The areas are portrayed as being so different because of the different types of leadership.
As Egypt is powered by a woman, Egyptian culture is based on happiness and emotion. In comparison Rome is powered by three men and the Roman culture is based on power and authority. However the contrasting cultures, of Rome and Egypt, are what brought Antony and Cleopatra together, and kept them together until death.