Homework Help

What is a good "literary analysis" topic for Shakespeare's Coriolanus?

user profile pic

tallen907 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2009 at 2:46 PM via web

dislike 0 like

What is a good "literary analysis" topic for Shakespeare's Coriolanus?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

mliddell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 6, 2009 at 10:02 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

I would look at the individual's responsibility to THE SELF, FAMILY, and GOVERNMENT.  How does Corolanus meet his responsibilities within his family (mother vs. wife and children), his own true desires, and his responsibility to the State?  His alliances shift.  As they shift,  where does he betray those alliances?  Ultimately, which alliance/responsibility does he ultimately choose to serve?  Which does he abandon? Are his choices mutually exclusive, or, in the end, does he serve them all?

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes