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Coriolanus

On the surface level, Coriolanus fits the criteria for a classic tragic hero: he is of noble birth, he is proud, this pride brings him low in the end. Coriolanus is a fine soldier, steadfast and...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019, 2:21 am (UTC)

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In Shakespeare's play, Caius Martius Coriolanus is a warrior par excellence; in fact, he's very good at being a soldier. The main influence in his chosen lifestyle is his mother, Volumnia, one of...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2016, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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While Volumnia cherishes the masculine thirst for combat in her maternal breast, her daughter-in-law, Virgilia, typifies the traditional Roman wife. In the play, Virgilia is quiet and unassuming;...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2016, 4:28 pm (UTC)

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There is no straightforward answer to this intriguing question. Like many of Shakespeare’s heroes, Coriolanus is both a victim and a villain. He is the definition of a tragic hero whose flaws bring...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2016, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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There are many factors that play into Coriolanus losing the consulship. For one, he treats the commoners with disdain. When they complain about starvation, he greets them by asking, “What's the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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Coriolanus and Aufidius begin the play as military leaders from opposing sides. While Coriolanus is a Roman general, Aufidius leads the Volscians. Coriolanus is unyielding, brutal, and relentless...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2016, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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Shakespeare's Coriolanus is a classical tragedy in every sense of the word. It is a play set in ancient Rome (hence the setting is classical), and it obeys the rules of tragedy laid out by...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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Typically, William Shakespeare's men reflect the times in which they were written: the Renaissance. Romeo and Paris from Romeo and Juliet were well-educated, wealthy, handsome, accomplished...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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Your question is essentially a "nature versus nurture" question, but Coriolanus's personality is more nuanced than the question suggests. What is his nature, after all, when his attitude varies...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018, 9:23 am (UTC)

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It is hard not to read or see this play and fail to be struck by the arrogance and pride of Corialanus. In particular, one central area where this is displayed is in his attitude towards the...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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The speaker is Cominius, the commander of the Roman army. The location of the speech is Rome, in the Capitol. Cominius is praising the actions of Caius Martius, who has just been given the third...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2012, 3:51 pm (UTC)

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In the play, Menenius Agrippa is a foil for Coriolanus. While Coriolanus is blunt and sometimes callous in his speech, Menenius is ever the smooth-talking, silver-tongued politician. As an...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2016, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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Caius Marcius was an outstanding Roman general. His courage while fighting for the Roman army inspired the commander, Cominius, to bestow upon him a fourth name - Coriolanus. Coriolanus was loyal...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 3:30 am (UTC)

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In act 2, scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Caius Marcius, honored with the title "Coriolanus" for his victory over the Volscians at Corioli, is urged by his friend Menenius to speak to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020, 6:16 pm (UTC)

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Coriolanus's downfall comes about largely because he's not prepared to play the game of democracy. This is a man who's been brought up to despise the mob and to see them as fickle, ignorant, and...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019, 8:15 am (UTC)

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This is a question with no definitive answer, but here are some factors that may have contributed to Coriolanus not being considered as one of Shakespeare’s "great tragedies":The play has...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2008, 4:34 am (UTC)

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The title character's full name is Caius Marcius Coriolanus. "Coriolanus" is not a family name; it's an honorific title bestowed on him by the Roman Senate in commemoration of his military...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019, 9:40 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009, 10:02 am (UTC)

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That is a challenging question. It is no doubt that Coriolanus was a effective soldier and commander of troops. A country needs strong military leaders if it hopes to succeed. The truth of this...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2008, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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