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The tragic at Antony and Cleopatra His captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. Antony and Cleopatra seems to have a particular spot in Shakespeare's works since it is at a crossroad between two kinds of play. It obviously belongs to what are normally referred to as the 'Roman' plays, along with Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. Nonetheless, it is also regarded as a catastrophe. The value of history in the play can't be denied, especially where it's compared to Shakespeare's 'great' tragedies like Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. But one may wonder what's particularly awful in Antony and Cleopatra, and what can be said about the horrible in a drama that is really different in the other tragedies. It is clear that the idea of 'awful' in the everyday sense is not necessarily the same as the idea of 'catastrophe', which can be a philosophical notion whose definition is dependent upon which philosophic system you takes into account. Within this column I shall choose the expression tragic in its literary and dramatic feeling and try to define its most important characteristics. Taking into account a broad corpus of drama, from Antiquity as well as in France and England, we could detect several constant features that could define the tragic. A tragedy generally shows a personality that's exceptional by his rank or/and internal abilities, falling into misfortune as a result of fate, and because of an error or even a projection because he is not really responsible. Several tragic elements can be detected in Antony and Cleopatra. First, we find characters which have high rank since they're outstanding amounts; we also see a tragic situation because from the be...