Coriolanus' weakness is his honesty. As we see later others know how to manipulate this which in turn brings him to his demise. Although he is modest and honourable the common people despise him as he is arrogant about his fighting skills and constantly insults them. "You dissentious rouges, that, rubbing the poor itch of opinion make yourself scabs?" He speaks his mind and nothing but the truth and because of this the audience first see him as an arrogant character. Due to this at the beginning of the play the citizens are threatening rebellion and call him "Chief enemy to the people!"
Later on in the play the audience see him as modest as he doesn't like praise for his great bravery in battle. "I had rather have my wounds heal again than hear say how I got them." Coriolanus is a born fighter and is even named after the Roman god of war Mars (Caius Martius). Because of this he receives the name Coriolanus' for his brave acts in battle. His mother Volumnia is a very strong, well spoken woman who has great speaking skills. She has brought Coriolanus up to be strong and fearless and follow her teachings, which causes him to be exactly like her in everyway. He has a great grasp of language and uses this to convey his true feelings.
The political system in Rome at the time of the play is a democratic society. This allows the common people to vote for who they want to come to power. This is different to every other city at the time as elsewhere whoever came to power was determined by wealth. This came around after Kings had ruled Rome for years until the last king imposed himself upon a young girl, because... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2005, 05). Looking Closely at Act 5 Sc 3 and Act 3 Sc 3 How Does Shakespeare Make Coriolanus Into a Tragic Character?. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 05, 2005, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Looking-Closely-Act-5-Sc-3-58426.html
"Looking Closely at Act 5 Sc 3 and Act 3 Sc 3 How Does Shakespeare Make Coriolanus Into a Tragic Character?" StudyMode.com. 05 2005. 05 2005 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Looking-Closely-Act-5-Sc-3-58426.html>.
"Looking Closely at Act 5 Sc 3 and Act 3 Sc 3 How Does Shakespeare Make Coriolanus Into a Tragic Character?." StudyMode.com. 05, 2005. Accessed 05, 2005. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Looking-Closely-Act-5-Sc-3-58426.html.