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Coriolanus | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Coriolanus | Act 1, Scene 10 | Summary



A Volscian soldier tells Aufidius, now "bloody" in the stage direction, that the city of Corioles has fallen. Aufidius expresses his hatred for Martius and his sense of humiliation, while admitting that his enemy is a bold yet rash warrior. He vows to kill him the next time they meet, and nothing will stop him. He leaves for a cypress grove and tells the soldier to bring word of any developments to him there.


There is blood on Aufidius, which was not referred to in the battle scene. This can symbolize an equality between himself and Coriolanus. Shakespeare may have used this as a foreshadowing element of an eventual union between the two mutually aggressive and passionate warriors.

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