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p. 10711. Coriolanuslocked

  • Stanley Wells

Abstract

For what is believed to be his last tragedy, Shakespeare turned once again to Ancient Rome. He chose to write a political and personal drama about a great Roman warrior of the 5th century bc whose personal fate is bound up with that of his nation. Shakespeare depicts a unique, psychologically complex individual caught up in a web of difficult personal relationships that reflect basic human situations. ‘Coriolanus’ describes the play as knotty, harsh, austere, intellectually rigorous, and resolutely unlyrical, where the dialogue is leavened with humour, sometimes conscious on the part of the speakers, but no less frequently oblique and ironical.

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