Caesar and Cleopatra is another notable play by one of the greatest dramatists of English literature, Bernard Shaw. Shaw’s plays mark a milestone in the history of British drama as they show a movement away from romanticism to realism. They are plays of ideas. Caesar and Cleopatrais about the historical situation of Caesar conquering Egypt and holding the queen Cleopatra under his thumb. The iconoclastic Shaw breaks the idols of Cleopatra and of Caesar in such an unforgettable way that the reader then begins to see the humorous side of Caesar while also seeing the unglamorous side of Cleopatra. The light-veined humorous touches to the history of Egypt with Rome as the conquering nation are made memorable through this play.
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General Introduction to the Works of Bernard Shaw: AC Ward
Introduction to Caesar and Cleopatra: AC Ward
General Notes: AC Ward
Preface: Better than Shakespear?: Bernard Shaw
An Alternative to the Prologue
Author’s Notes to Caesar and Cleopatra
Notes on the Preface to Caesar and Cleopatra
Notes on Caesar and Cleopatra
Summary of the Play
Topics for Discussion
A Select Bibliography