Dryden's play is a version of the story of Mark Antony and his love for Cleopatra. It begins with an attempt to break up Antony and Cleopatra by bringing his virtuous wife Octavia to confront him. She manages to win him back for awhile, but his jealousy of Cleopatra and his friend Dolabella convince him that he cannot live without her.
Octavius Caesar, his wife's brother, marches on Alexandria. Antony is falsely told that Cleopatra is dead and he kills himself. When she learns of his death, she gets the deadly asp to bite her.
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sarath on 3/9/2015 10:42:14 PM says: character of Cleopatra for example. Cleopatra, specifically, seems very different in that in Dryden's version she seems to actually care for Anthony and does not seem to be out to get him or trick him into giving her his fortune. Antony as well seems less smitten with simply the beauty of Cleopatra and truly seems to see deeper into her soul. However, the scheming that is done behind the scenes by the servants of both Cleopatra and Antony is rarely thought of as a possible cause for the collapse of their relationship. Without the knowledge of the story of Antony and Cleopatra, people do not realize that it could possibly have been love that made the great Antony fall and not simply trickery and seduction on the part of Cleopatra. This type of realization is something t