Introduction to Antony and Cleopatra as a new kind of tragedy: one which doesn't seek the freedom of complete loss or amor fati. Contrasted with Macbeth, written simultaneously. Macbeth is about the maximum of loneliness in a tragic figure; Antony and Cleopatra is about what having a friend till the end offers by way of a relationship to time and loss. Lady Macbeth compared to Lear. Antony and Cleopatra compared to A Midsummer Night's Dream.