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Essay Assessing Eliot's Parody and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

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Comparing Eliot'sParody and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra The first Key gap between Eliot's Parody and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra includes the very first simile. In Shakespeare's original the barge in which Cleopatra sits is contrasted to a burnished throne burning on the water, whereas in Eliot's parody it's only a seat that she matches such as a throne, shining on the marble. Eliot's personality comes across, so, as much less 'enormous' and larger than life than Shakespeare portrays Cleopatra who seems very fantastic, even as compared with her barge, which she fills as though it were a throne - her majesty makes the barge seem tiny compared; Eliot's character just makes a chair resemble a seat. Again, using the water on which Cleopatra's barge floats burning, and the marble where the seat stands glowing, Shakespeare's image if far larger than the one Eliot generates, being strange and somewhat mysterious, instead of Eliot's chair's entirely possible glow. Cleopatra, in precisely the same way, has 'pretty dimpled boys' fanning her, 'like smiling cupids', whereas in the passage by The Wasteland, you will find only gold Cupidons, celebrating the spectacle, just one peeping out in her, another hiding his eyes behind his wing - instead of serving an immediate, yet subtle purpose, as Cleopatra's are, fanning her. Other images of Eliot's, in contrast, are far larger than Shakespeare, however again succeed in making Eliot's character look small and insignificant compared. Eliot describes the massive number of adornments across the area, including her 'vials of ivory and coloured glass', that comprise many perfumes, that are explained as 'drowning the sense of odours' and again it's the lack of subtlety t.. .

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