Synopsis[ edit ] "Virgilia bewailing the absence of Coriolanus" by Thomas Woolner The play opens in Rome shortly after the expulsion of the Tarquin kings. There are riots in progress, after stores of grain were withheld from ordinary citizens. The rioters are particularly angry at Caius Marcius,  a brilliant Roman general whom they blame for the loss of their grain. The rioters encounter a patrician named Menenius Agrippa, as well as Caius Marcius himself. Menenius tries to calm the rioters, while Marcius is openly contemptuous, and says that the plebeians were not worthy of the grain because of their lack of military service. Two of the tribunes of Rome, Brutus and Sicinius, privately denounce Marcius.
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Synopsis[ edit ] "Virgilia bewailing the absence of Coriolanus" by Thomas Woolner The play opens in Rome shortly after the expulsion of the Tarquin kings. There are riots in progress, after stores of grain were withheld from ordinary citizens. The rioters are particularly angry at Caius Marcius,  a brilliant Roman general whom they blame for the loss of their grain.
The rioters encounter a patrician named Menenius Agrippa, as well as Caius Marcius himself. Menenius tries to calm the rioters, while Marcius is openly contemptuous, and says that the plebeians were not worthy of the grain because of their lack of military service.
Two of the tribunes of Rome, Brutus and Sicinius, privately denounce Marcius. He leaves Rome after news arrives that a Volscian army is in the field. The commander of the Volscian army, Tullus Aufidius, has fought Marcius on several occasions and considers him a blood enemy. The Roman army is commanded by Cominius, with Marcius as his deputy. The siege of Corioli is initially unsuccessful, but Marcius is able to force open the gates of the city, and the Romans conquer it.
Even though he is exhausted from the fighting, Marcius marches quickly to join Cominius and fight the other Volscian force. In recognition of his great courage, Cominius gives Caius Marcius the agnomen , or "official nickname ", of Coriolanus.
He effortlessly wins the support of the Roman Senate , and seems at first to have won over the plebeians as well. However, Brutus and Sicinius scheme to defeat Coriolanus and whip up another riot in opposition to his becoming consul. Faced with this opposition, Coriolanus flies into a rage and rails against the concept of popular rule.
He compares allowing plebeians to have power over the patricians to allowing "crows to peck the eagles". The two tribunes condemn Coriolanus as a traitor for his words, and order him to be banished. Coriolanus retorts that it is he who banishes Rome from his presence.
After being exiled from Rome, Coriolanus seeks out Aufidius in the Volscian capital of Antium , and offers to let Aufidius kill him to spite the country that banished him.
Moved by his plight and honoured to fight alongside the great general, Aufidius and his superiors embrace Coriolanus, and allow him to lead a new assault on Rome. Rome, in its panic, tries desperately to persuade Coriolanus to halt his crusade for vengeance, but both Cominius and Menenius fail. Volumnia succeeds in dissuading her son from destroying Rome, and Coriolanus instead concludes a peace treaty between the Volscians and the Romans.
When Coriolanus returns to the Volscian capital, conspirators, organised by Aufidius, kill him for his betrayal. For these reasons, R. Parker suggests "late Parker acknowledges that the evidence is "scanty Elements of the text, such as the uncommonly detailed stage directions, lead some Shakespeare scholars to believe the text was prepared from a theatrical prompt book. Analysis and criticism[ edit ] A. Bradley described this play as "built on the grand scale,"  like King Lear and Macbeth, but it differs from those two masterpieces in an important way.
Readers and playgoers have often found him an unsympathetic character, as his caustic pride is strangely, almost delicately balanced at times by a reluctance to be praised by his compatriots and an unwillingness to exploit and slander for political gain.
The play is less frequently produced than the other tragedies of the later period, and is not so universally regarded as great. Bradley, for instance, declined to number it among his famous four in the landmark critical work Shakespearean Tragedy. Eliot wrote a two-part poem about Coriolanus, "Coriolan" an alternative spelling of Coriolanus ; he also alluded to Coriolanus in a passage from his own The Waste Land when he wrote, "Revive for a moment a broken Coriolanus. After , however, its themes made it a natural choice for times of political turmoil.
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. The production was well received by critics. He 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.
It starred Alan Howard and was directed by Elijah Moshinsky. In the Royal Shakespeare Company performed a new staging of Coriolanus along with two other plays starring Greg Hicks at the University of Michigan. The director, David Farr, saw the play as depicting the modernization of an ancient ritualized culture, and drew on samurai influences to illustrate that view. He described it as "in essence, a modern production. The play is basically about the birth of democracy.
Shakespeare pronunciation guides list both pronunciations as acceptable. English Pronouncing Dictionary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Parker, ed. Coriolanus Oxford: Oxford University Press, , 17— Lippincott, , p.
Coriolanus Cambridge University Press, , pp. Parker, Coriolanus Oxford University Press, , 2—3.
1607/1608 – Coriolano
I rivoltosi sono particolarmente adirati con Caio Marzio, un valoroso generale che incolpano della sparizione delle scorte alimentari. Incontrano dapprima un patrizio di nome Menenio Agrippa , quindi Caio Marzio stesso. Anche se esausto per la battaglia, Marzio raggiunge velocemente Cominio e si batte contro le rimanenti forze dei Volsci. Lui e Aufidio si sfidano a un duello che termina solo quando i soldati di Aufidio lo trascinano via dalla battaglia.
El poeta T. El tema general es la soberbia, en el marco del uso del poder. Todo arranca con una escena de lucha de clases. En la casa de Marcio en Roma, su madre Volumnia y su esposa Virgilia conversan mientras cosen. Les visita Valeria, que insiste en que salgan juntas a la calle.
Si svolge in seguito alla cacciata dei re etruschi da parte dei tarquini. I romani,terrorizzati, tentano di dissuadere Coriolano dal suo proposito ,e ci riescono mandando la madre Volumnia insieme alla moglie ed al figlio di Coriolano. I ribelli hanno individuato come principale responsabile il generale Caio Marzio ,accusato di avere occultato le scorte alimentari. Il popolo ,tuttavia ,non riconosce a Coriolano il suo valore e,anche per via della sua arroganza, gli rimane ostile. Bruto e Sicinio ordiscono una trama per eliminarlo ,aizzando una nuova ribellione popolare per protestare contro la nomina a console di Coriolano. I nobili romani ,terrorizzati dal valore militare di Coriolano , cercano in tutti i modi di dissuaderlo ,ma neppure i suoi principali estimatori ,Cominio e Meneio Agrippa ,riescono a placare la furia di Coriolano. Solo sua madre riesce a far ragionare Coriolano , che firma un trattato di pace tra i volsci e i romani.