Shakespeare’s last tragedy, telling the story of Caius Marcius, a proud Roman General in the tumultuous days of the early republic.
An aristocrat and warrior, Coriolanus has nothing but contempt for the plebeians of Rome, spitting curses while more wily politicians woo the crowd with empty rhetoric. His inflexibility may reflect his honesty, but when Coriolanus turns to attack Rome, neither his military brilliance nor his personal honour can hide the fact that he has sacrificed patriotism to pride. In the play’s bleak vision, military might, democracy and even heroism are put to the test and found wanting.
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R. B. Parker is Professor of English, Trinity College, University of Toronto.
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