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Transcript of Coriolanus

Coriolanus The Movie Adaptations Research project Famous Productions -First performance- 1682
-Nathum Tate’s production
-Done at Drury Lane
-Very bloody adaptation.
-First four acts of the play were good
-Fifth act became very bloody -Bertolt Brecht - 1952-55
-Tragedy for the workers
-Bertolt died in 1956
-Manfred Wekwerth and Joachim Tenschert finished it
-Done in Frankfurt in 1962 CHARACTERS Caius Marcius:
Roman general
Really proud about his battles
Gets exiled from Rome
Rather than talking he will want to fight -Old Vic Theatre -1937
-Coriolanus played by: Laurence Olivier
-Famous death scene
-Dropped backwards from a high platform
-Suspended upside-down
-Re done in 1959, at the Shakespeare Memorial Theater -Coriolanus- film
-Modern adaptation of Coriolanus
-Gerard Butler: Aufidius
-Ralph Fiennes: Coriolanus
-Directed by: Ralph Fiennes -Opera
-Jan Cikker
-Three Acts
-Prague National Theatre Tullus Aufidius
General of the Volscians
Rome’s enemy
Not able to defeat Coriolanus
Becomes allies with Coriolanus Volumnia
Mother of Coriolanus
Pushes her son a lot
Raised him into being a warrior
Influences him to be counsel Brutus
Roman tribune
Chosen by the common people of Rome
Doesn't want Coriolanus to have any power Sicinius:
Roman tribune
Works with Brutus against Coriolanus Cominius
Friend of Coriolanus
General that leads the Roman army
Supportive of Coriolanus
Gives the name Coriolanus to Caius Virgilia
Coriolanus' wife Summary Caius Marcius is a military general for Rome. When he captures the city of Corioli which belongs to the Volsces, a neighboring city, they change his name to Coriolanus. He is then promoted to senate, but must first win the votes of the people in the middle of a famine. Two tribunes on council believe Coriolanus is a traitor and convince the people to send him to exile. To get his revenge, he partners up with Aufidius, the general for the Volsces which he defeated previously in Corioli. Aufidius believes that this will be the perfect opportunity to capture Rome. When attacking, the people try and convince Colriolanus not to attack, but he doesn’t listen. Finally his mother talks sense into him, and he backs down. The Volsces people believe Coriolanus is a hero for his duties, but this leaves Aufidius jealous, so he and the conspirators kill Coriolanus. Tragic Flaw The reason Coriolanus was thought of for being a member of the senate, was because he was a strong man in the military, not because he was most suited for the job. Throughout the novel, Coriolanus seems not to care for the people who are in a lower-class than him, and could be considered a snob, thus showing Hubris qualities. He feels that they can fend for themselves, and doesn't understand the relation between the higher and lower class. He is a man who uses his actions over hard-thinking, and brings his anger and force from the army while assuming position on senate.
When the people realize he wouldn't be a good fit, and think of him as "traitor", He teams up to Aufidius, but receives all the praise from that attack, which leads to his death. Many readers agree that Coriolanus is not a relatable
character, therefore finding it hard to feel pathos for him. “Coriolanus can not control the mob because he can not control his own passions. Their automatic, mindless rage is the exact analogue to his, and the two collaborate to destroy him”
“They know he hates them, and, more important, they recognize that his military services to Rome are motivated by personal pride and a desire to please his mother rather than patriotism.”
“Coriolanus is afraid to apologies to the people lest he lose his manhoodhe cannot tolerate any threat to his masculinity, and when Aufidius calls him a ”boy of tears” in Act five, he responds with furious denials of the unbearable epithet.”
-Phyllis Rackin, 1978 Critic's idea #1 "Coriolanus {...} is the arm of the body politic, the soldier who defends it but should be subject in an ideal state to the rational control of the king (the head) and the good advice of the counselors (the heart)." Critic's idea #2
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