Coriolanus Essay

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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 please his mother. Martius is noble because of his position in society, and for that reason only! Whilst talking to a crowd Coriolanus referrers to them as ‘dissensions rouges and scabs.’ Coriolanus can sense the crowds hatred towards him and comes out with the following line ‘Who deserves greatness, deserves your hatred.’

When Coriolanus is at home in Rome its seems out of place, he is constantly at war with his own people. However, on the battlefield, his skills are unchallenged. This is evident when we are told that; ‘He struck Corioles like a planet’

This makes him seem, too powerful, he seems to be like a superman. For the Romans the planets were thought of as gods. They were thought to control human lives. In this instance Coriolanus’ praise makes him seem inhuman

Due to being so successful in Corioles he has been awarded the name Coriolanus. The Patricians want him to become a politician (a consul) in ordered to do this he has to show humility. He has to wear the gown of humility, ask (not order, as he would normally do) people to support him and show them wounds to prove he is worthy of being a consul. He will have great difficulties here. He despises the people and they hate him. Menenius tells him not to be proud. If he is Memenius warns him “you’ll mar [ruin] all.” This is an important warning for him. At the end of the play when Coriolanus lies dead it is largely his own fault (because of him being too proud). Coriolanus continues to show his pride. He says “Twas never my desire to trouble the poor begging”

Menenius tries to excuse Coriolanus’ angry attitude when he speaks to the citizens. He says he should be judged for who he is. Not who they want him to be:‘Consider further
That when he speaks not like a citizen, you find him like a soldier. Do not take he rougher accents for malicious sounds,
But as I, such as becomes a soldier’

Sicinius (the tribune) is not in a mood to be calmed. He tries to make Coriolanus angrier. He accuses him of two things. 1, He doesn’t follow the rules (‘seasoned office’), 2, He assumes ‘tyrannical power.’ You are a traitor to the people.

‘You common cry of curs’ uses alliteration to link the words together and emphasize his anger. Coriolanus uses words like weapons here: ‘Whose breath I hate as reek o’ th’ rotten fens’

This means a, on a literal level that he doesn’t like their breath but on b, on a deeper level that he hates the fact...

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