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An analysis of Coriolanus’s character and how pride is his main defect

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`An analysis of Coriolanus's character and how pride is his main defect. Coriolanus portrays a life ruined through an excess of pride, which was honed by his mother. This pride was the cause of both his rise and downfall. His pride is combined with contempt he has for the commonality, of which even the masses are aware of "he's a very dog to commonality." Before leaving to serve his country he calls the people "dissentious rogues" and adds other offensive terms such as 'scabs', he makes it no secret that he disapproves of the commonality speaking out. Marcius believes that the commonality were born to be ruled by their peers, he believes they should have no say and thinks they are stupid and ignorant and without being ruled they could not survive. Marcius also accuses them of being ungrateful and are not educated enough to make opinions. " Who deserves greatness Deserves your hate; and your affections are A sick mans appetite, who desires most that which would increase his evil" However, Marcius has many noble qualities. ...read more.


In those days, to call someone a slave was the worst possible form of abuse, maybe because it was thought of as dishonourable. Marcius believes that people can not make up their minds about the votes. "With every minute you do change a mind and call him noble that was now your hate." Marcius also compares the people to inferior races such as animals, "where foxes are geese, you are no surer". Where the foxes are cunning and sly the people are more like geese. They themselves are not willing to fight; yet they are in want of food. Marcius is too proud to beg yet he wants to be made consul, he makes an outburst and asks for the people's voices. "Here come more voices, your voices; for your voices I have fought', at this point Marcius is losing his patience. Coriolanus was unwilling to show of his scars he gained at war. Cominius has great respect and is feared by many and he didn't want Coriolanus to pass without his achievement, bravery and courage to be passed without being recognised. ...read more.


Menenius who is almost like a father figure to Coriolanus and sees him almost as a stepson is sent to try to persuade Coriolanus not to take revenge and leave quietly, but does not succeed. Towards the ending Coriolanus is too patriotic to carry out his vengeance against Rome. The instincts of a lifetime pursued by his mother win over his wounded pride. He sacrifices his allies and himself for the sake of his family. Coriolanus has showed great heroism in swallowing his pride and surrendering. However, Aufidius does not agree, he is enraged that Coriolanus is a traitor. From complete hatred to complete trust and friendship Aufidius changed his feelings for Coriolanus. This change of attitude towards him has changed once it's only a matter of time before it happened again. But after killing Coriolanus he states that Marcius should have a "noble memory". Although Coriolanus's and Aufidius's relationship was short lived, Aufidius still had respect for him and maybe even admired some of his more "noble" qualities. English Literature AS - Coriolanus Elham Smaili ...read more.

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