Coriolanus Essays

  • Relationship Between Coriolanus and Volumnia in William Shakespeare's Coriolanus

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    The Relationship Between Coriolanus and Volumnia The speech patterns of "Coriolanus" reveal the title character's psychological turmoil. Churning with self-doubt about his determination, his relationship with those around him, and his relationship with his mother, Coriolanus is a man at the mercy of his environment. The environment that shapes Coriolanus is the instruction he receives from his mother Volumnia.1 In his relationship with his mother, Coriolanus plays the weak and subservient role

  • A Comparison of King Lear and Coriolanus

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    Identity in King Lear and Coriolanus Shakespeare's Lear and Coriolanus have a great deal in common. Both are first seen as proud, stubborn rulers unwilling to compromise. This causes Lear to lose his kingdom to his scheming daughters, while Coriolanus is betrayed and exiled from Rome due to the influence of the tribunes. Cast out to face a friendless world, Lear learns to sympathize with his fellow men, who daily endure trials such as those he now faces. Coriolanus, in contrast, goes immediately

  • Maternity and Masculinity in Macbeth and Coriolanus

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    Masculinity in Macbeth and Coriolanus The power of womanhood is linked with both maternity and masculinity in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Coriolanus; one might say that they are interchangeable. Lady Macbeth becomes the psychologically masculine force over her husband, essentially assuming a maternal role, in order to inspire the aggression needed to fulfill their ambitions. Similarly, in Coriolanus, Volumnia maintains a clear, overtly maternal position over Coriolanus, molding him to be the ideal

  • Animal Imagery in Shakespeare's Coriolanus

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    Animal Imagery in Shakespeare's Coriolanus Caius Martius Coriolanus, the protagonist in Shakespeare's play that bears his name, undergoes a circular transformation. He changes from the hero of Rome to an outcast and then back to a hero. As he undergoes this transformation he is likened to a dog, a sheep, a wolf, and an osprey. The invocation of animals to describe Coriolanus is ?perhaps based in the very animal like nature of Coriolanus himself?(Barton 68). His actions like those of an animal

  • A Marxist Reading of Shakespeare's Coriolanus

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    A Marxist Reading of Coriolanus One popular dissecting instrument of any Shakespearean character is the modern tool of psychoanalysis. Many of Shakespeare's great tragic heroes-Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, and Othello, to name a few-have all been understood by this method of plying back and interpreting the layers of motivation and desire that constitute every individual. Add to this list Shakespeare's Roman warrior Coriolanus. His strong maternal ties coupled with his aggressive and intractable

  • Act 5 sc 3 and Act 3 sc 3 in Shakespeare's Coriolanus

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    fatal flaw. The audience would feel upset for the character as his weakness is not his fault and his in his nature. A tragedy has an unhappy ending or ongoing poignant events and during Act 5 sc3 and Act 3 sc3 in Shakespeare?s Coriolanus many of these take place. Coriolanus? weakness is his honesty. As we see later others know how to manipulate this which in turn brings him to his demise. Although he is modest and honourable the common people despise him as he is arrogant about his fighting skills

  • Coriolanus

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    Coriolanus I think Coriolanus is far too proud for his own good. I think this because at the end of the play he is dead due to him being too proud. His people hate him: ‘He’s a very dog to the community.’His own people say this to him because of the way he abuses them.‘He pays himself with being proud’ Menenius say this to flatter the crowd; Coriolanus is very opposite to this, as he would never flatter any crowd. They say he isn’t patriotic (proud of his own country) instead he fights to

  • Hamlet Proved Too Much for Shakespeare

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    justified in attributing the play, with that other profoundly interesting play of "intractable" material and astonishing versification, Measure for Measure, to a period of crisis, after which follow the tragic successes which culminate in Coriolanus. Coriolanus may be not as "interesting" as Hamlet, but it is, with Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare's most assured artistic success. And probably more people have thought Hamlet a work of art because they found it interesting, than have found it interesting

  • Hamlet’s Gentle Ophelia

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    and Polonius, and the queen and all the rest, not to mention Hamlet himself (in whose soul it would be absurd to attempt to discover new points here), after this we need not say anything. But it is observable that they are not, as in the case of Coriolanus, interesting merely or mainly for their connection with the hero, but in themselves. (vol.5, pt.1, ch.8, sec.16, no.55) Helena Faucit (Lady Martin) in On Some of Shakespeare's Female Characters reveals the misunderstood character of Ophelia:

  • Virtue In Shakespeare's Coriolanus

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    Shakespeare’s Coriolanus asks, what does it mean to be virtuous. Today, Virtue means to be of high moral standards, but this definition is not culturally transferable. Virtue originally meant manliness, which at the time was the pinnacle of social achievement. Coriolanus was a Roman general born into a time of war, when men had to be brave and physically powerful. If manliness was seen as the highest achievement then femininity and juvenility were both viewed as failure. Even women, as shown by Volumnia

  • Macbeth And Coriolanus Comparison

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    In the films Macbeth by Orson Welles and Coriolanus by Ralph Fiennes, characters and scenes are adapted by both directors to convey their opinions on their socio-political atmospheres. This explains why the films adaptations are incredibly violent compared to the plays written by William Shakespeare, this occurs because both directors are drawing inspiration from their environments at the time. Fiennes and Welles use themes in Coriolanus and Macbeth as a means to criticize the state of the world

  • Coriolanus Reading Response

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    Coriolanus Reading Response The hero of this tragedy, Martius/Coriolanus is truly different from the other heroes of the Shakespeare tragedies. He presents himself as a great man and he is treated as a great man as well. However, he is a failed political figure of a stubborn character that is unable to comprehend what is required of him which eventually results in his downfall. Unlike other Shakespearean characters, he is very hard for the audience to empathize with due to his lack of the essence

  • Menenius Compared To Coriolanus

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    In the first scene of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Menenius tells a short story about how a human body degenerated. He begins with the “members” (organs of the body, excluding the stomach) protesting about how the “belly” (the stomach) does no work, while the members do all of the work. Menenius continues by saying that the members felt like slaves obligated to provide for all of the belly’s wants. The members decided to stop doing what they felt was “all the work,” and let the belly starve. Consequently

  • Stage Directions in Shakespeare's Coriolanus

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    Stage Directions in Shakespeare's Coriolanus In drama, readers are given spoken language and stage directions to interpret the world of the play. In Shakespeare's case, stage directions are close to non-existent and as analysts of what most consider the most gifted and eloquent playwright of humanity, it is possible to expound upon the most minute details and possible interpretations of his work. Having no information on what Shakespeare thought of his own work or his intended literary and dramatic

  • Coriolanus Character Analysis Essay

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    In the play Coriolanus, the man by with the play is named is a complicated individual. There is complexity to his personality, and subtlety to his emotions. In Act III, from III.ii.91 to 139, Coriolanus goes through an extreme shift of point of view and emotion. He has a complete reversal from not wanting compromise with the common people citizens to begrudgingly accepting that he must. For any actor trying to play Coriolanus, the importance of understanding this scene is important to understanding

  • Comparing Masculinity In Macbeth 'And Coriolanus'

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    The themes of gender roles and masculinity centre heavily throughout Shakespeare’s work, presenting various opinions on the interactions between men and women, men and society and women and society. In both Macbeth and Coriolanus, the ideal man is depicted as a strong, violent warrior with the ability to mercilessly and brutally kill in battle while the ideal woman is silent, chaste, obedient and weak. Shakespeare depicts destructive, militaristic societies that value warriors and vicious killers

  • Volumnia's Love In The Play 'Coriolanus'

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    In the play Coriolanus, Coriolanus ' mother Volumnia raises him to become this brave warrior of Rome. Volumnia is proud of who her son has become; however, she does not only think of Coriolanus as just her son, but a warrior that she has sexual desires for. Volumnia 's love and affection for Coriolanus in the play is incestuous due to her pondering the thought of having sex with Coriolanus as her husband, her over-excitement when she fantasizes about Coriolanus ' wounds, and the non-maternal indications

  • Compasive And Being Persuasion In The Play Coriolanus

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    In the play Coriolanus, the story’s namesake character struggles with capturing the trust and support of his people while more manipulative officials prevail. Coriolanus is a rather shy and awkward type who doesn’t wish to show off in grand gestures why he is a superior leader for the community. This play focuses on how persuasion is a very powerful tool in earning the support of other people as well as recognizing the value of an honorable background but is not enough by itself. The idea that in

  • Hamlet And Coriolanus The King Research Paper

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    theatrical dramas flourished, with many tragedies carrying an explicit theme of revenge. William Shakespeare, otherwise known as The Bard, would go on to write several dramas with revenge in their meticulous plots. His tragedies Hamlet, Othello, and Coriolanus each feature a plot reliant on the act of vengeance by their main, eponymous characters. An element shared

  • How Can The Tempest Be Considered An Outsider

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    clueless to what is going on around them. In The Tempest, Caliban is an “outsider” on an island with Europeans; he acts and is treated very badly. In Anthony and Cleopatra, Antony is an “outsider” to Rome because his mind his wherever Cleopatra is. Coriolanus is not only an “outsider” to the common people, but he also becomes an “outsider” to Rome, and as a result he joins the Volscians and ultimately is an “outsider” to them, as well. Many of the characters act based on the way they are treated. The