Coriolanus Essay

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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 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…show more content…
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 that they are still breathing. He uses disease imagery again when he says: Whose loves I prize As the dead carcasses of unburied men That do corrupt my air’ In scene Act 4 scene 4 we see a contrast between Coriolanus’ usual manners. He enters the Volscian territory in a disguise. He shows sympathy for the citizens. ‘Tis I that made thy widows.’ He
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