Coriolanus | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Coriolanus | Act 4, Scene 7 | Summary

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Summary

Aufidius and his lieutenant question allowing Coriolanus into their trust: Coriolanus is adored by Aufidius's army and overshadows his new ally. Aufidius is concerned about Coriolanus's ferocity and vengefulness. Both realize nothing can change the situation. Aufidius knows the Roman senate and patricians admire Coriolanus. He realizes the citizens may regret their banishment of him, thereby making it easy for Coriolanus to take over Rome but rendering Aufidius himself useless.

Analysis

Aufidius appears weaker but much wiser and less rash than Coriolanus in this scene. It is uncertain what part Aufidius would play if Coriolanus conquered Rome since Coriolanus is admittedly admired. It could be Aufidius's balance of strength and wisdom that drew Coriolanus to him. Otherwise Coriolanus was merely looking for another army to facilitate his thirst for vengeance, and this perhaps worries Aufidius.

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