All For Love

Alexas Character Analysis

Alexas is Cleopatra’s servant and one of her close advisors. He is a eunuch, meaning that he has been castrated—Alexas thus frequently laments that he has never experienced the joys of love and sex himself. He often acts as Cleopatra’s messenger to Antony: for instance, he is the one who brings Antony Cleopatra’s ruby bracelet and persuades him to see her one last time, thus preventing his departure from Egypt. At other times, however, his interventions are less helpful. He persuades Cleopatra to flirt with Dollabella in order to make Antony jealous, a decision that has disastrous consequences because it alienates the two lovers from each other. He also brings Antony the false news that Cleopatra is dead, thus throwing Antony into despair and causing his suicide. In these moments, Alexas is depicted as opportunist, unscrupulous, and self-interested. At the same time, however, he seems to genuinely care for Cleopatra and hope to help her. He is also, understandably, concerned for his own safety when the Roman troops arrive—a fear which turns out to be well-founded, since in the last scene Alexas is led off stage in chains.
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Alexas Character Timeline in All For Love

The timeline below shows where the character Alexas appears in All For Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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Suddenly Alexas, Queen Cleopatra’s eunuch, appears and accuses Serapion of making up stories and drinking too much... (full context)
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Just then, Alexas, Serapion, and Myris witness the approach of Ventidius, one of Antony’s top lieutenants. Alexas assures... (full context)
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Alexas proclaims a birthday celebration for Antony, and the servants begin to prepare a feast. Ventidius... (full context)
Act 2
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Cleopatra is in despair at the news that Antony is leaving her. Alexas counsels her to calm down, but Cleopatra says that only low-born people have “moderate sadness.”... (full context)
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...complains that Octavius is a coward who betrayed him after all his help and mentorship. Alexas arrives and delivers a message (supposedly) from Cleopatra to Antony: she loves him and commends... (full context)
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...take it, but Antony says that he doesn’t think it can do him any harm. Alexas petitions Antony to go see Cleopatra one last time, so that she can fasten the... (full context)
Act 3
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Seeing this, Alexas laments the fate of his mistress and his own castration—which has barred him from ever... (full context)
Act 4
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Meanwhile, Alexas urges Cleopatra to use Dollabella’s feelings for her to make Antony jealous. Cleopatra protests at... (full context)
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Ventidius asks Alexas to confirm the report of Cleopatra’s unchastity, calling him a pimp and accusing him of... (full context)
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...claims that he loves her “no more than friendship will allow.” Antony counters that Octavia, Alexas, and Ventidius all saw them together and have confirmed that they were flirting. Cleopatra admits... (full context)
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...she has lost her kingdom for him, and the Romans hate her. She protests that Alexas was lying and only hoped to help her regain Antony’s love by making him jealous. (full context)
Act 5
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...punishing such a virtuous woman, suggesting that her suffering shows that only “chance” rules above. Alexas enters and Cleopatra rails against him for persuading her to take the path of trying... (full context)
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Alexas argues that there is still hope: Octavia is gone, Dollabella is banished, and thus the... (full context)
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...is in a rage at the Egyptian fleet’s betrayal and is apparently raving at Cleopatra. Alexas advises Cleopatra to go hide in her monument for the time being, since Antony will... (full context)
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Left on his own, Alexas plots to find some way to save his life. Meanwhile, Antony enters with Ventidius. They... (full context)
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Alexas enters, and Ventidius draws his sword and threatens to kill him. Antony once again accuses... (full context)
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...revelation that Cleopatra is dead and is now convinced that she is innocent. Seeing this, Alexas is pleased, since he plans that Antony will reconcile with Cleopatra when he finds that... (full context)
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...one last time to pledge her innocence. Cleopatra swears that she had no knowledge of Alexas’s plot to fake her death, that she never betrayed him to Octavius, and that she... (full context)
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Serapion, two priests, and Alexas (who is in chains) enter the room. Horrified by the spectacle of Cleopatra and Iras’s... (full context)