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MonkeyNotes-Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
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QUESTIONS

1. Explore Coriolanus’ heroic qualities. What is his tragic flaw? Is
he responsible for his downfall or are other people? Explain.

2. Critically analyze the development of Coriolanus’ character and
his subsequent degeneration.

3. Comment on the use of contrast as a structural principle in the
development of the plot and characters.

4. Examine mother-son relationship between Coriolanus’ and
Volumnia. How is Coriolanus his mother’s son?

5. Do you think that Coriolanus’ pride precipitates his downfall?
Illustrate your answer with relevant examples from the text.

6. Analyze the animal imagery of Coriolanus.
7. What is the function of the ‘gown of humility’?
8. Critically analyze the relationship between Aufidius and
Coriolanus.


9. What role do the tribunes perform in the play? How do they act
in as purveyors of duplicity?

10. Analyze the relationship between Coriolanus and Menenius.
Explore their relationship to the commoners and how they are
similar and/or different.

11. Comment on Shakespeare’s presentation of the commoners as
a many - handed monster and the antagonistic relationship between
Coriolanus and the mob.

12. Analyze the thematic concerns of the play.
13. Analyze the minor characters such as the servants in the house
of Aufidius and the citizens of the mob as commentators on the
events and characters in the play.

14. Compare and contrast the characters of Virgilia and Volumnia.

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