Now that he is an old man, Lear has decided to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Her deep love for Lear cannot be voiced and, misunderstood, she is disowned and banished from the kingdom along with the Earl of Kent, who had taken her side against the King. King Lear in China, Universal Shakespeare This action by the king divides the kingdom, both figuratively and literally.
Synopsis[ edit ] "Virgilia bewailing the absence of Coriolanus" by Thomas Woolner The play opens in Rome shortly after the expulsion of the Tarquin kings.
There are riots in progress, after stores of grain were withheld from ordinary citizens.
The rioters are particularly angry at Caius Marcius,  a brilliant Roman general whom they blame for the loss of their grain. The rioters encounter a patrician named Menenius Agrippa, as well as Caius Marcius himself. Menenius tries to calm the rioters, while Marcius is openly contemptuous, and says that the plebeians were not worthy of the grain because of their lack of military service.
Two of the tribunes of Rome, Brutus and Sicinius, privately denounce Marcius. He leaves Rome after news arrives that a Volscian army is in the field. The commander of the Volscian army, Tullus Aufidius, has fought Marcius on several occasions and considers him a blood enemy.
The Roman army is commanded by Cominius, with Marcius as his deputy. While Cominius takes his soldiers to meet Aufidius' army, Marcius leads a rally against the Volscian city of Corioli.
The siege of Corioli is initially unsuccessful, but Marcius is able to force open the gates of the city, and the Romans conquer it. Even though he is exhausted from the fighting, Marcius marches quickly to join Cominius and fight the other Volscian force. Marcius and Aufidius meet in single combat, which ends only when Aufidius' own soldiers drag him away from the battle.
In recognition of his great courage, Cominius gives Caius Marcius the agnomenor "official nickname ", of Coriolanus.
When they return to Rome, Coriolanus's mother Volumnia encourages her son to run for consul. Coriolanus is hesitant to do this, but he bows to his mother's wishes.
He effortlessly wins the support of the Roman Senateand seems at first to have won over the plebeians as well. However, Brutus and Sicinius scheme to defeat Coriolanus and whip up another riot in opposition to his becoming consul.
Faced with this opposition, Coriolanus flies into a rage and rails against the concept of popular rule. He compares allowing plebeians to have power over the patricians to allowing "crows to peck the eagles". The two tribunes condemn Coriolanus as a traitor for his words, and order him to be banished.
Coriolanus retorts that it is he who banishes Rome from his presence. After being exiled from Rome, Coriolanus seeks out Aufidius in the Volscian capital of Antiumand offers to let Aufidius kill him to spite the country that banished him.
Moved by his plight and honoured to fight alongside the great general, Aufidius and his superiors embrace Coriolanus, and allow him to lead a new assault on Rome. Rome, in its panic, tries desperately to persuade Coriolanus to halt his crusade for vengeance, but both Cominius and Menenius fail.
Finally, Volumnia is sent to meet her son, along with Coriolanus's wife Virgilia and their child, and the chaste gentlewoman Valeria. Volumnia succeeds in dissuading her son from destroying Rome, and Coriolanus instead concludes a peace treaty between the Volscians and the Romans.
When Coriolanus returns to the Volscian capital, conspirators, organised by Aufidius, kill him for his betrayal. The wording of Menenius 's speech about the body politic is derived from William Camden 's Remaines of a Greater Worke Concerning Britaine  where Pope Adrian IV compares a well-run government to a body in which "all parts performed their functions, only the stomach lay idle and consumed all;" the fable is also alluded to in John of Salisbury 's Policraticus Camden's source and William Averell 's A Marvailous Combat of Contrarieties Shakespeare might also have drawn on Livy 's Ab Urbe conditaas translated by Philemon Hollandand possibly a digest of Livy by Lucius Annaeus Florus ; both of these were commonly used texts in Elizabethan schools.
Machiavelli 's Discourses on Livy were available in manuscript translations, and could also have been used by Shakespeare.King Lear: Character Analysis & Sketch King Lear Plot Summary.
King Lear, a tragic play written by William Shakespeare, opens with King Lear, the elderly king of Britain, deciding to retire. Coriolanus (/ k ɒ r i ə ˈ l eɪ n ə s / or /-ˈ l ɑː-/) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between and The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius alphabetnyc.com tragedy is numbered as one of the last two tragedies written by Shakespeare, along with Antony and Cleopatra..
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