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How far does Coriolanus succeed in and surpass hisDestiny shaped by his mother?

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How far does Coriolanus succeed in and surpass his Destiny shaped by his mother? Coriolanus is a Roman soldier fighting a war against the Volsces, a barbarian tribe in the North. His mother, Volumnia, has been his main influence during his life. Volumnia brought him up in a tough way To a cruel war I sent him, from whence he returned his brows bound with oak. I tell thee, daughter I sprang not more in joy at first hearing he was a man-child than now in first seeing he had proved himself a man. Therefore her expectations are for him to be a tough man. Expectations which we see fulfilled when Coriolanus is out in battle. Where his wife Virginia's reaction is one of worry, as one could expect O Jupiter, no blood. Volumnia's is one very different I had rather had eleven died nobly for their country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action. She promotes Coriolanus' mad courage, by which I mean risking anything to fulfil his plan. ...read more.


This is fair enough because this crowd's favour alternates side as the wind changes direction. It is very easy to manipulate this kind of fickle crowd into thinking Coriolanus is a bad ruler again. This is exactly what Brutus and Sicinius plot to do by manipulating them into thinking that the power will taken from the people if they vote of Coriolanus. Here is he that would take you all from power. The truth is that they are only jealous of Coriolanus and feel threatened by him. Then our office may // During his power go sleep. In order too see if Coriolanus' actions are to fulfil his maternal destiny we must look at Coriolanus' motives for his gallant deeds. We must look at whether they are virtus, deeds done solely for his own self pride and personal gain or pietas, deeds done for his family. We know from what is said about Coriolanus that there is a definite split opinion as to whether his pride is driving his deeds or maternal influence or indeed if he fights so bravely in pure selfless love for his country. ...read more.


This proves his undying love and loyalty to his mother he did it for his mother. The fact that his mother had to be on her knees, however suggests that he didn't get his stubborn attitude solely from his mother. If he did then she would have come to expect this attitude from him but I believe that it is his desire and conditioning partly by the Roman aristocracy who look down on the Plebeians as a lower social group, that caused his immense pride. In conclusion I believe that Coriolanus becomes the proud, brave, tough fighter that we see in his mother. However Coriolanus becomes so set in his ways that he can almost not change them, even though it meant putting his family's life at stake. His own personal pride playing a part in that. But the fact that he doesn't go ahead in burning Rome is a testimony to his loyalty to his mother even if he cannot reason what he has done wrong for himself. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ikenna Igboaka Page 1 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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