Coriolanus is the story of Roman general Caius Martius Coriolanus, an arrogant military hero who despises the common plebeians of Rome. Opposed by his mortal blood enemy the Volscian general Aufidius, Coriolanus struggles with his allegiance to Rome and eventually betrays his city to fight alongside the Volscians. Convinced by his wife and family to spare Rome, Coriolanus is murdered by Aufidius for treachery. The novel deals with themes of populism and violence.
Coriolanus is an historical tragedy by William Shakespeare, probably written around 1607-8. The plot is based on the Roman legend of Gaius Marcius Coriolanus as told by Plutarch and Livy.
Put on the gown, stand naked and entreat them,
For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrage
Against a falling fabric.
Or Jove for’s power to thunder.
You adopt your policy) how is it less or worse,
That it shall hold companionship in peace
With honour, as in war, since that to both
It stands in like request?
Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise
Are still together, who twin, as 't were, in love
Unseparable, shall within this hour,
On a dissension of a doit, break out
To bitterest enmity: so, fellest foes,
Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep
To take the one the other, by some chance,
Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends
And interjoin their issues. So with me:—
My birthplace hate I, and my love's upon
This enemy town.— I'll enter: if he slay me,
He does fair justice; if he give me way,
I'll do his country service.
And harsh in sound to thine.
By sovereignty of nature.
As if a man were author of himself,
And knew no other kin.
That's curded by the frost from purest snow,
And hangs on Dian's temple:– dear Valeria!
Flutter’d your Volscians in Corioli:
Alone I did it! Boy!