We have talked about intimacy, but there is also lack of it in the play, which we can see when we look at Octavia’s character. In Act 2: Scene 3, Antony has been married to Octavia, and we see them together for the first time, since being married. We can see a lack of intimacy between the two and it is clear that she is nothing like Cleopatra: ” The world will sometimes divide me from your bosom. ” Antony says this to Octavia, but if he had said it to Cleopatra Shakespeare would have made it more emotive and maybe would have put words into Antony’s mouth that say he cannot leave her.
Shakespeare makes this sentence sound mundane by placing the word ‘sometimes’ in the sentence. This may be here to show that Antony longs to be with Cleopatra, but also slightly shows his feelings towards her as he tells her of his political duties. But we remember that he did not want to leave Cleopatra in the early scenes of the play, showing their intimacy is not as great. Shakespeare also shows intimacy between siblings: Caesar and Octavia. In Act 3: Scene 2 we see this, when Antony and Octavia are to leave for Athens, to start a life there. Caesar and Octavia both become very emotional.
Caesar says: ” The time shall not outgo my thinking of you. ” Enobarbus scorns his tears, referring to him as a horse that has a ‘cloud’ on his face. This is derogatory and Shakespeare has done this to show that Enobarbus is a true follower of Antony. Caesar calls Octavia ‘sweet’ showing the intimacy between the two and how close they are. In Act 4: Scene 4, Antony has returned to Cleopatra and this is a very intimate scene as we see her trying to dress Antony for the battle, but she has no idea what the different pieces of equipment are for. Antony tells Cleopatra to leave the armour alone and that she is “the armourer of my heart.
” This is very intimate, as we see them together before the battle. Shakespeare has put this here to show that the two are very close before the fight. He uses the word ‘armourer’ in two different ways. Of course he means armour, but amour is also the French for love, so it portrays Cleopatra’s love will be his shield in the battle, which represent intimacy. In Antony’s last scene Act 4: Scene 15, he returns to Cleopatra to die, and we see a very intimate, romantic scene between the two major characters. Antony enters the scene and Cleopatra is very distraught. Antony says: ” I am dying, Egypt, dying.
” By calling her Egypt, Shakespeare is showing the intimacy between the two characters and it is also romantic. She also calls him “lord”, showing her respect for him. Shakespeare has used this language in this scene to convey the intimacy and so we feel sympathy towards the pair when Antony dies. As we said before, Cleopatra is very close to her maids and treats them like sisters or very good friends, not like servants. In her final scene, Act 5: Scene 2, we clearly see how close she was to Charmian and Iras, and how she cherished their friendship. Before she dies she says to them: ” Come, then and take the last warmth of my lips.
” She wishes them goodbye she dies, and we can see how intimate and close the three women were. As we can see both vastness and intimacy feature greatly in this play. From feminine, seductive Egypt, to masculine, military Rome, the vastness is clearly shown, but not only in cities, but also in the characteristics of people in the play. From vastness we move to intimacy, which can be seen in many of the characters, mainly Antony and Cleopatra, but also in siblings and servants. Shakespeare successfully merges these two very different aspects to create an enchanting play.