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"The subject of Coriolanus is the ruin of a noble life through the sin of pride."

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"The subject of Coriolanus is the ruin of a noble life through the sin of pride." Pride is a major factor contributing to the ruin of Coriolanus. This however is not the only reason to his downfall. His nobility, immaturity, family with main influences from his mother, and terrible lack of political knowledge all linked in many different ways to bring him down to his final downfall. The pride of Coriolanus is an issue that runs throughout the play, right from the beginning to the very end. Coriolanus is a patrician and can never lower himself to the level of the plebeians, the common people. "Thanks. - What's the matter, you dissentious rogues, That, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, Make yourselves scabs?" The quote above is what Coriolanus says to the plebeians when he peaks to them in the first scene of the play. The quote is showing how Coriolanus dislikes and disrespects them by asking them to turn themselves into scabs. The nobility of Coriolanus also puts him in trouble with the plebeians. Coriolanus believes in honesty and speaking his mind at all times. ...read more.


His hatred for the plebeians must be kept on his private side of his life. In the public view he should be seen as one that actually loves the common people. Menenius however, has a much better knowledge of politics than Coriolanus has. Menenius like Coriolanus also has great hatred to the common people. With his great understanding of politics Menenius makes the common people believe that he actually has great love towards them. This can easily be seen by his allegory. In his allegory he represents the plebeians as the belly and the senate as the major internal organs of the body, such as the brain and the heart. By twisting the usage of his words he actually makes the belly seem as the most important part of the body. The plebeians as a result stop the protests, because they feel that without the belly the Roman hierarchy will be in ruins. When Coriolanus is exiled from Rome his immaturity takes over. He joins up with the Volsces, the enemy, to conquer Rome. Aufidius the Volscian rival of Coriolanus is pleased to see that his archrival has joined up with him to conquer Rome. ...read more.


Volumnia pleads to Coriolanus that he should not attack Rome and that he should return back to his loving family. "To save the Romans, thereby to destroy The Volsces whom you serve, you might condemn us As poisonous of your honour." Volumnia finally persuades Coriolanus to not conquer Rome and to return home to where he belongs. Coriolanus knows the outcome but has high hopes that Aufidius and the Volsces will forgive him but Aufidius leaves nothing in doubt and kills Coriolanus. Pride was a major factor to the ruin of Coriolanus's noble life, but there were many other factors that circled around it. If Coriolanus had any political knowledge he could have been accepted into the senate. This would have resulted in him staying in Rome where he belonged. Without joining up with the Volsces as he did he and his family could have been saved from the heartache of his dramatic ruin. Coriolanus is a tragic play which some of us can relate to even today, in the twenty-first century. Some people today will be immature, lack in political knowledge, and react to circumstances in a rushed manner, which can result to their final downfall. Mustafa Hussein ...read more.

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