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Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
By: (1564-1616)

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare is a gripping tragedy that explores themes of pride, power, and betrayal. The play follows the story of Caius Martius, a fearless Roman general who earns the title of Coriolanus after leading his troops to victory against the Volscian army. However, Coriolanus's arrogance and disdain for the common people ultimately lead to his downfall.

Shakespeare masterfully portrays the complexities of Coriolanus's character, depicting him as a flawed hero torn between his loyalty to Rome and his own sense of honor. The play delves into the destructive consequences of unchecked pride and the dangers of placing personal ambition above the well-being of others.

The language in Coriolanus is poetic and potent, with stirring speeches and intense emotional depth. The political intrigue and manipulation that unfold throughout the story add layers of tension and suspense, making it a riveting read from start to finish.

Overall, Coriolanus is a thought-provoking and captivating play that showcases Shakespeare's skill at creating complex characters and exploring moral dilemmas. It is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today.

Book Description:
Shakespeare was passionately interested in the history of Rome, as is evident from plays like Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra. His tragedy Coriolanus was probably written around 1605-07, and dramatizes the rise and fall of a great Roman general, Caius Martius (later surnamed Coriolanus because of his military victory at Corioli). This play is unusual in that it provides a strong voice for the ordinary citizens of Rome, who begin the play rioting about the high price of food, and who continually clash with Coriolanus because of his contempt for plebians.

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