Death as the dramatic climax to a staged life

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:220
  1. Birte Twisselmann
  1. BMJ

    In Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen stages her own death by suicide from snakebite as the climax and apotheosis of a life that she engineers like consummate drama throughout the play. Magnificently attired and composed, as befits a queen, …

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