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CORIOLANUS by William Shakespeare

Coriolanus is Shakespeare's prickliest hero. We first see him berating the Roman plebeians as scum simply because they want some bread for their empty bellies. Next we marvel at the man's un matched valor as he bests the Volscians, sometimes in singlehanded combat. The man of flinty aristocratic pride storms into view when he is honored with the rank of Roman consul, only to be banished when he reviles the tribunes of the commoners instead of currying their favor with mock humility and an ostentatious public display of his battle scars. When he turns against Rome and...

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