With this thesis, I wish to grant critical space to a character often overlooked in Shakespeare studies. Antony and Cleopatra has long been considered one of Shakespeare s most difficult problem tragedies . In a play where the notion of moral superiority is as elusive as its protagonists, the character that best engages the reader and informs his/her perception of the play is not a queen or an emperor, but a simple soldier only . Enobarbus is a character who straddles not only the Alexandrian and Roman worlds, but also the realm between play and audience, text and reader. An understanding of him is essential to a thorough critical consideration of Antony and Cleopatra. This thesis aims to map his significance by delving deeply into the text of the play, attempting to determine Enobarbus effect on the reader s experience of the characters, the themes, the tragedy, as well as how the reader s perception of him can and will alter these experiences. I will also compare and contrast Enobarbus role with that of similar characters in Shakespeare s body of writing. Additionally, I seek to discover how varying filmic portrayals of his character can alter the reader s/viewer s perception of the play as a whole.