By John Dryden. February, [Etext #]. **The Project Gutenberg Etext of All For Love, by John Dryden**. ******This file should be named al4lvtxt or. Dramatis Personae. MARK ANTONY. VENTIDIUS, his General. DOLABELLA, his Friend. ALEXAS, the Queen's Eunuch. SERAPION, Priest of Isis. MYRIS. Language Fixation in Dryden's All for Love. MARCUS NORDLUND. In his preface to All for Love , John Dryden made the following remark on the.
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This edition includes Dryden's dedication of the play to the Earl of Danby and his preface, in which he defends against French neo-classicist strictures the liberties he took with his sources; it further discusses the play's austere power in the theatre, which is unjustly considered to be inferior to Shakespeare's quite distinct version of the story.
Act Three[ edit ] Antony john dryden all for love returning from battle and is overwhelmed with love for Cleopatra. Ventidius comes to speak with Antony, who attempts to flee unsuccessfully.
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Antony does not want to go back to war but doesn't know how to stop it. He believes Dolabella can help him and Ventidius brings Dolabella out. Dolabella, Antony's friend, appears after Antony's success in battle.
Dolabella was banished for his love for Cleopatra, but he returns to a warm welcome from Antony. Dolabella offers a gift that will bring peace between Antony and Caesar.
The gift is Octavia, Antony's true wife and Caesar's sister, and Antony's two daughters.
Octavia tells Antony the war will stop when he returns to his rightful place, by her side. Antony and Octavia reunite, and Alexas's attempts to meddle for the sake of Cleopatra are dismissed.
Cleopatra appears informed of her defeat. Alexas tells her to avoid Octavia but Cleopatra chooses to face her as a rival.
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Cleopatra and Octavia have an argument, it seems clear that Octavia is whom Antony rightfully belongs to, even if it is not she whom he loves most. Act Four[ edit ] Antony has been convinced by Octavia that his rightful place is by her side, in Rome, with his children.
Antony plans to leave but does not have the strength to tell Cleopatra john dryden all for love.
Antony asks Dolabella to tell Cleopatra he is leaving john dryden all for love that Antony will not be persuaded to stay. Ventidius overhears that Dolabella will be going to Cleopatra to bid her farewell. Both men weep; Antony marvels that Ventidius can remain faithful to a leader who brought a large part of the Roman Empire to ruin through his love for Cleopatra.
Ventidius offers to Antony his john dryden all for love legions, which are stationed in Lower Syria, but his stipulation that these legions will not fight for Cleopatra plunges doting Antony into renewed gloom.
When Ventidius mentions the name of Cleopatra lightly, Antony takes offense and curses the general as a traitor.
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After this insult Antony, his mind filled with misgivings, guilt, and indecision, hastens to assure Ventidius of his love for him. He promises to leave Cleopatra john dryden all for love join the legions in Syria.
The word that Antony is preparing to desert her leaves Cleopatra in a mood of anger and despair.