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TMA 02 Do portrayals of Cleopatra in films and TV series focus more on the personal or the political aspects of her life? Once you have decided, consider why this might be. [Original Version with Comments] [Word Count: 602]

TMA 02 Do portrayals of Cleopatra in films and TV series focus more on the personal or the political aspects of her life? Once you have decided, consider why this might be. [New draft] [Word Count: 548]

TMA 02 Part 2 – Commentary. [Word Count: 198]

Answer: TMA 02 New draft. Over the years Cleopatra has been portrayed for many reasons, namely as a powerful political figure of Antiquity and an infamous seductress. This essay will therefore view the many portrayals of Cleopatra in film and TV to determine the level of focus on the political and personal aspects of her life.

1917 saw Theda Bara in the first film about the Ptolemaic Queen, portraying Cleopatra with a ‘threatening and ominous air’ (Fear, 2008) whilst capturing Bara’s own unique beauty. It is important to note Bara was notorious for roles involving sexually manipulating men, where the image of Cleopatra was an ‘alluring, sexual predator’ (Fear, 2008) in the attempt to present her as a modern reincarnation and to reflect the changing role of women at the time, with their increasing political freedom. With this came the depiction of powerful women being sexual manipula...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: AA100 The arts past and present
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1298
  • Date submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8419

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