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William Shakespeare

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Coriolanus, Act IV, Scene I he beast / With many heads butts me away. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Essential Shakespeare Handbook by Leslie Dunton-Downer and Alan Riding, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Robe of Humility Stands for Coriolanus’s discomfort with anything that equates him with other men Beast with Many Heads Represents the public that judges Coriolanus Butterfly Symbolized the human soul and transformation to Romans Symbols Coriolanus Respected but arrogant Roman patrician and warrior; lacks diplomacy and empathy; joins forces against Rome with a former enemy Menenius Beloved, elderly patrician and adviser; surrogate father to Coriolanus; urges everyone to find peaceful ways to solve problems Volumnia Coriolanus’s domineering mother; proud of her son’s wounds and courage; praised for helping save Rome from Coriolanus Main Characters Shakespeare was the preeminent dramatist of his period in Elizabethan England and was also a poet. His plays were frequently performed at the Globe Theatre in London as well as other venues. Coriolanus is one of his later plays and is based on a work by the Greek historian Plutarch. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616 Author Female characters become saviors of Rome, thwarting male destructiveness. Gender Roles Excessive pride elevates a person’s will and importance, leading to a downfall. Hubris Internal and external conflict advances Rome’s political and ideological influence. War When Pride Kills A wealthy, respected Roman war hero named Caius Martius Coriolanus—based on a historical figure—places himself above the judgment of others. Political tragedy unfolds as Coriolanus is banished and then tries to reconcile with Rome. But his former allies take vengeance on him. THEMES English Original Language c. 1608 Year Written William Shakespeare Author Coriolanus Tragedy Play

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