Coriolanus Study Guide


Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

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.

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