A Reading of Sir Henry Rider Haggard’s "Cleopatra</I>
Chapter Four: The Rise of Harmachis
Chapter Four The Rise of Harmachis AS Harmachis prepares to travel to Alexandria he ponders on the moment when he will overthrow the occupier, Cleopatra, free Egypt, “[mount] the throne that is [his] heritage, and cleanse the temples of [his] Gods.” The reader witnesses the hero’s readiness to take on the struggle for the liberation of Khem, his strengthened confidence as well as “triumph written on [his] brows. The future stretch[ing] forth of glory from [his] feet—ay, glittering with glory like Sihor in the sun” (75). In the meantime, he continued to perfect his knowledge of weapons, read about the stars and magic, commune with his Mother Isis, plan new temples, and consider “restoring great laws that [he] would put forth for [his] people’s weal” (76). Concurrently, Sepa circulated the rumor that his health was failing and that he had to move to Alexandria to be next to the sea while in fact his stay there would help him assess the political situation and gather information about the glorious court of Cleopatra. In this way, he blurred the real intention of his visit which was no other but to add, together with Harmachis, the final touches to the conspiracy. When Harmachis visits his father before setting off for Alexandria he not only receives his blessing he is also alerted of the “danger [that lies] in his path [that] comes in the form of woman,” and is thus advised to keep on praying to the goddess for protection. The...
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