Hamlet In the story of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the characteristics of love and familial acceptance are devastated by constant ideas of greed and evil desire. These ideas spin smoky trails throughout the plot that exemplify the nearsightedness of mankind. Some critics may argue that this Shakespearean tragedy holds relevance to people only from the time in which it was scripted. However, if any human being would begin a search into the depths of his hidden heart, he would find that Shakespeare indeed captured something — a thought, a feeling, or an emotion — that hints familiarity.
Synopsis[ edit ] "Virgilia bewailing the absence of Coriolanus" by Thomas Woolner The play opens in Rome shortly after the expulsion of the Tarquin kings.
There are riots in progress, after stores of grain were withheld from ordinary citizens. The rioters are particularly angry at Caius Marcius,  a brilliant Roman general whom they blame for the loss of their grain.
The rioters encounter a patrician named Menenius Agrippa, as well as Caius Marcius himself. Menenius tries to calm the rioters, while Marcius is openly contemptuous, and says that the plebeians were not worthy of the grain because of their lack of military service. Two of the tribunes of Rome, Brutus and Sicinius, privately denounce Marcius.
He leaves Rome after news arrives that a Volscian army is in the field. The commander of the Volscian army, Tullus Aufidius, has fought Marcius on several occasions and considers him a blood enemy.
The Roman army is commanded by Cominius, with Marcius as his deputy. While Cominius takes his soldiers to meet Aufidius' army, Marcius leads a rally against the Volscian city of Corioli. The siege of Corioli is initially unsuccessful, but Marcius is able to force open the gates of the city, and the Romans conquer it.
Even though he is exhausted from the fighting, Marcius marches quickly to join Cominius and fight the other Volscian force. Marcius and Aufidius meet in single combat, which ends only when Aufidius' own soldiers drag him away from the battle.
In recognition of his great courage, Cominius gives Caius Marcius the agnomenor "official nickname ", of Coriolanus.
When they return to Rome, Coriolanus's mother Volumnia encourages her son to run for consul. Coriolanus is hesitant to do this, but he bows to his mother's wishes. He effortlessly wins the support of the Roman Senateand seems at first to have won over the plebeians as well.
However, Brutus and Sicinius scheme to defeat Coriolanus and whip up another riot in opposition to his becoming consul.
Faced with this opposition, Coriolanus flies into a rage and rails against the concept of popular rule.
He compares allowing plebeians to have power over the patricians to allowing "crows to peck the eagles". The two tribunes condemn Coriolanus as a traitor for his words, and order him to be banished.
Coriolanus retorts that it is he who banishes Rome from his presence. After being exiled from Rome, Coriolanus seeks out Aufidius in the Volscian capital of Antiumand offers to let Aufidius kill him to spite the country that banished him.
Moved by his plight and honoured to fight alongside the great general, Aufidius and his superiors embrace Coriolanus, and allow him to lead a new assault on Rome. Rome, in its panic, tries desperately to persuade Coriolanus to halt his crusade for vengeance, but both Cominius and Menenius fail.
Finally, Volumnia is sent to meet her son, along with Coriolanus's wife Virgilia and their child, and the chaste gentlewoman Valeria. Volumnia succeeds in dissuading her son from destroying Rome, and Coriolanus instead concludes a peace treaty between the Volscians and the Romans.
When Coriolanus returns to the Volscian capital, conspirators, organised by Aufidius, kill him for his betrayal. The wording of Menenius 's speech about the body politic is derived from William Camden 's Remaines of a Greater Worke Concerning Britaine  where Pope Adrian IV compares a well-run government to a body in which "all parts performed their functions, only the stomach lay idle and consumed all;" the fable is also alluded to in John of Salisbury 's Policraticus Camden's source and William Averell 's A Marvailous Combat of Contrarieties Shakespeare might also have drawn on Livy 's Ab Urbe conditaas translated by Philemon Hollandand possibly a digest of Livy by Lucius Annaeus Florus ; both of these were commonly used texts in Elizabethan schools.
Machiavelli 's Discourses on Livy were available in manuscript translations, and could also have been used by Shakespeare. The earliest date for the play rests on the fact that Menenius's fable of the belly is derived from William Camden 's Remaines, published in One line may be inspired by George Chapman 's translation of the Iliad late Shakespeare himself had been charged and fined several times for hoarding food stocks to sell at inflated prices  For these reasons, R.
Parker suggests "late Parker acknowledges that the evidence is "scanty Elements of the text, such as the uncommonly detailed stage directions, lead some Shakespeare scholars to believe the text was prepared from a theatrical prompt book. Analysis and criticism[ edit ] A.
Bradley described this play as "built on the grand scale,"  like King Lear and Macbeth, but it differs from those two masterpieces in an important way.
The warrior Coriolanus is perhaps the most opaque of Shakespeare's tragic heroes, rarely pausing to soliloquise or reveal the motives behind his proud isolation from Roman society. Readers and playgoers have often found him an unsympathetic character, as his caustic pride is strangely, almost delicately balanced at times by a reluctance to be praised by his compatriots and an unwillingness to exploit and slander for political gain.
His dislike of being praised might be seen as an expression of his pride; all he cares about is his own self-image, whereas acceptance of praise might imply that his value is affected by others' opinion of him.
The play is less frequently produced than the other tragedies of the later period, and is not so universally regarded as great.
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