Year: 1997 Source: Papers in Language and Literature, v.33, no.2, (Summer 1997), p.244-264 SIEC No: 20010415

Most critics would agree Cleopatra suppresses her efforts to survive while arguing about when she fully commits herself to death. In Shakespeare’s play “Antony and Cleopatra”, Cleopatra makes her decision to die possessing correct information about Caesar’s secret plans for her if she surrenders to him. This essay seeks to establish when Cleopatra irrevocably settles on suicide, & whether at this moment Caesar’s plan prevails or fails. (15 refs.)