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Shakespeare's Coriolanus

When the Volscians turn the battle their way, Marcius continues the fight single-handedly, inspiring the fleeing Romans to return. When the Romans win, Marcius, injured, continues to attack the Volscians outside of Rome and conquers Corioli alone. Coriolanus he is named, by his fellow soldiers. Later, when leading the Volscians, Cominius describes Coriolanus to the tribunes responsible for his exile: ˘He is their god. He leads them like a thing / Made by some other deity than nature, / That shapes man better; and they follow himÓ/Ówith no less confidence / Than boys pursing summer butterflies, / Or butchers killing flies÷ (Shakespeare

For his victories against the Volscians, the god-like warrior Coriolanus is nominated by a grateful Senate to become consul. His ambitious mother is happy with the news, as she has reared him since he was a small boy to be a great warrior to do honor to Rome. She is fond of having trained Coriolanus to be a warrior since he was a child. She even becomes delighted over the sight of blood, even though it is her sonĂs, ˘It more becomes a man / Than gilt his trophy. The breasts of Hecuba / When she did suckle Hector, lookĂd not lovelier / Than HectorĂs forehead when it spit forth blood / At Grecian sword contemning÷ (Shakespeare I.iii.39-44). It is from this kind of upbringing and nurturing that Coriolanus has become the fiercest warrior in Roman history.

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