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Antony and Cleopatra
The Complete Guide and Resource for Grade 12

2018-19 Syllabus

Table of Contents

About The English Experience 5
Our approach to Shakespeare 5
Using this resource 6

Introduction to Shakespeare
Meet William Shakespeare 9
Shakespeare in context 17
Shakespeare’s theatre 24
Guide to reading Shakespeare’s plays 29

Shakespearean language
An introduction to literary terms 35
Shakespeare-related literary terms 37
Imagery and Figures of Speech in Antony and Cleopatra 41

Background to the play
Historical context 47
Literary context 53
'There is beggary in the love that can be reckoned': A short story of Antony and Cleopatra 56
Character analysis 62
Plot structure 73
Themes, motifs and symbols 78
Important quotations and quips 99
Key facts 108

Summaries and analyses
Using this section 109
Act Two 119
Act Three 129
Act Four 144
Act Five 159

The mini essay
Guidelines 168
Planning and structuring your essay 168
Annotated essay examples 171
General essay questions 173
Examination preparation 178

The play
A note on the text 181
Annotated play 184

Acknowledgements 281

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