History ofEnglish literature is full of tragic women but there is no one who is as famousas Cleopatra, the political cunningness in her nature and her sexual appealmade her a persisting figure in both fact and fiction for decades When Cleopatra meets Antony for the first time, she chose toenhance herself as legendary creatures on a barge in the River Cydnus.Enobarbus describe Cleopatra’s appearance in the play he said. “In her pavilion – cloth of gold, oftissue-O’erpicturing that Venus where weseeThe fancy out work nature”(Shakespeare,1994, p.no 59).
This depictedthe impression of luxurious attire of Cleopatra like a Queen. (Adamson, 2007.)The word “Queen”means “A powerful women having authority”; Shakespeare represented Cleopatra asthe historical figure who ruled the country of Egypt. Antony and Cleopatra waswritten by Shakespeare in 1606 and 1607 ( Moore, 2015). Mondal (2013) in his research definedCleopatra as:”The epithets applied to her perpetually by Antony and othersconfirm this impression; ‘enchanting queen!’, ‘witch’, ‘spell’, ‘great fairy’,’cockatrice’, ‘serpent of the old Nile’, ‘thou grave charm.” 1.
2 Statementof the Problem Many previousresearches based on the Shakespearean tragedy discussed its different aspects,and this study will focus the powerful female character in Shakespeare’s playAntony and Cleopatra. It is centered on the plot of dramatization by WilliamShakespeare’s that genuinely portrays that power, love, presumption, bad faith,and hopelessness are issues of life that cannot be kept away from somebody.Thus, the study is actually a character investigation of Cleopatra as theprinciple lady character portrayed unmistakably by William Shakespeare in theshow of Antony and Cleopatra.
Additionally, it also relates it with the empiricalwomen’s liberation concept. 1.3 Objectivesof the Study:• Critical analysis of the characterof Cleopatra in the play “Antony and Cleopatra • To prove Cleopatra as the powerfulfemale character of Shakespearean tragedy Antony and Cleopatra• To show the influence of Cleopatraon the other characters of the play1.4 Research Question:How Cleopatraappears to be the most powerful female character in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra?1.5 Significanceof Study:Shakespeareis famous for being the best playwright; he has given a series of perfecttragic, comic and political plays. Antony and Cleopatra is a love story betweentwo lovers that ends in tragedy. Earlier researches based on Shakespeare’stragedy have already discussed different aspects of it.
This thesis is beingwritten to demonstrate the character of Cleopatra as the most powerful heroineof Shakespeare and will highlight the qualities which make her the most powerfulcharacter in the play Antony and Cleopatra, since, he has portrayed women inhis tragedies as the powerful protagonists. 1.6 Limitations:Shortage of timelimit, lack of resource and lack of availability of research studies on thetopic are the major causes of withdrawing the research to explore the characterof Cleopatra as the powerful character in the play “Antony and Cleopatra”. 1.7 Scope:This researchwill focus the play, Antony and Cleopatra focusing particularly on the subjectof the powerful female character and it will be useful for those who will work onthis aspect. It will serve to be useful for teachers as they can take help fromit in teaching the character of Cleopatra.
Furthermore, it will be useful forstudents since it will help in clarifying their concepts regarding thecharacter. Additionally, feminist critics will also benefit from this researchsince Shakespeare’s portrayal of such a strong character lends a lot of groundto their argument since it is a female character.1.8 Definitionof Key Terms:Tragedy: According to Oxford dictionarytragedy is an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress,Powerful: Cambridge dictionary definesPowerful as having a lot of power to control people and events.Queen: Cambridge dictionary defines itas a woman who rules a country because she has been born into a royal family