13 Facts About Coriolanus


Coriolanus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1605 and 1608.

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Coriolanus is the name given to a Roman general after his military feats against the Volscians at Corioli.

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Coriolanus is hesitant to do this, but he bows to his mother's wishes.

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Coriolanus compares allowing plebeians to have power over the patricians to allowing "crows to peck the eagles".

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Coriolanus concludes a peace treaty between the Volscians and the Romans.

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Coriolanus is largely based on the "Life of Coriolanus" in Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans.

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Coriolanus might have made use of Plutarch's original source, the Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus, as well as on his own knowledge of Roman custom and law".

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The later date derives from the fact that several other texts from 1610 or thereabouts seem to allude to Coriolanus, including Ben Jonson's Epicoene, Robert Armin's Phantasma and John Fletcher's The Woman's Prize, or the Tamer Tamed.

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The warrior Coriolanus is perhaps the most opaque of Shakespeare's tragic heroes, rarely pausing to soliloquise or reveal the motives behind his proud isolation from Roman society.

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Coriolanus has the distinction of being among the few Shakespeare plays banned in a democracy in modern times.

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Seemingly undeterred by the earlier suppression of his Richard II, Tate offered a Coriolanus that was faithful to Shakespeare through four acts before becoming a Websterian bloodbath in the fifth act.

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Coriolanus intended to make it a tragedy of the workers, not the individual, and introduce the alienation effect; his journal notes showing that he found many of his own effects already in the text, he considered staging the play with only minimal changes.

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Slavoj Zizek argued that unlike preceding adaptations, Fiennes' film portrayed Coriolanus without trying to rationalize his behaviour, as a raw figure for the "radical left", a figure who represents contempt for a decadent liberal democracy and the willingness to use violence to counter its latent imperialism in alliance with the oppressed, someone he compares to Che Guevara.

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