Coriolanus: critical quotes

“The man and his… reputation are interchangeable”-Bridget Elscome
“The love of power within ourselves and the admiration of… it in others are both natural to man:the one makes him a tyrant, the other a slave”-William Hazlitt
“Still he is more his own enemy than he is theirs (plebeians),… and his tragedy is not the consequenceof their fear and anger, but of his nature and nurture.”-Bloom
“The subject of Coriolanus is the… ruin of a noble life through the sin of pride” -E Dowden
“Coriolanus invokes the gods and Fortune… not for victory in battle, as others do, but simply for the opportunity to fight and prove his virtue…”-John H Blitz
“Coriolanus is characterised chiefly by opposition and conflict… both external andinternal…Coriolanus is constantly divided both against others and within himself”-John H Blitz
“Coriolanus’ spirited opposition toeverything in his nature except… spiritedness itself gives rise to his spirited opposition to his enemiesin battle” -John H Blitz
“he is always…. at war against others.”-John H Blitz
“Volumnia the… awful Roman matron”-E Dowden
“Martius subtly betrays… his pride in a superhuman potential still imperfectly realized”-Philip Brockbank
“Our tendency to… identify with the hero can make us blind to his faults”-Martin Scofield
“Coriolanus is an….. unreflected man of action” -Maurice Charney
“The fact is that Coriolanus is not totally unsympathetic is a… Shakespearean triumph, since of all the major figures in the plays, this one has the most limited consciousness.”-Bloom
“Coriolanus is… an overgrown child”-Bloom
“we had rather be… the oppressor than the oppressed”-William Hazlitt
“In accepting the name Coriolanus,… Martius accepts public recognition for what he has done, and necessarily compromises himself” -Norman Rabbit
“The emotionally-starved son is forced to live on anger,… displaced from its primal source, his mother”-Bridget Elscome
“Coriolanus’s alienation reveals… itself in his response to praise.”-Bridget Elscome
“Reverses his initial triumph,… when the gates of Corioles shut him in alone of all the attacking Romans”-Levin
“His wars are not… for Rome: they are an end in themselves”-G Wilson Knight
“Aufidius seems at times to be the Volscian equivalent of Coriolanus but… unlike the Roman he is capable of deceit can can work within the framework of the government” – Ralph Fiennes
“An obsessive power struggle with… homosexual overtones” -Ralph berry
“Aufidius and Coriolanus… must be thought of as alter egos” -Kenneth Burke
“Honour, for the… Roman, is life’s highest good” -John H Blitz
“Shakespeare indicates through Menenius and Cominius… that decency is indeed attainable even in this Rome” -CM Sicherman
“Friendship with Menenius cannot command Coriolanus’ pity… because of the position of Rome’s ingratitude” – Joe Dowling
“To Menenius hunger is a… discursive phenomena to be manipulated, not a literal condition that must be acknowledged” -Arthur Riss
“Menenius presents the… ruling classes as compassionate and paternal” -Phyllis Rackin
“The tribunes make his crisis… one to be met with words, not blows” -PA Jorgenson
“Brutus’ directions to his fellow tribunes reveal a knowledge… of Coriolanus’ tragic potentialities” -PA Jorgenson
“The tribunes are proud because… they lack self-knowledge” -Mark blitz
“To the tribunes, Coriolanus is… the wolf threatening the plebiean lamb” -Lee bliss
“while in private always calculating,… in public they put on shows of anger or indignation purely for political effect” -Mark blitz
“It as though… Volumnia scripted his behaviour” -Lee Bliss
“Love and war are so intertwined in Volumnia’s indignation that… eroticised violence becomes the mark of her relationship with her son” -Sprengnether
“The passion of maternity… whether interpreted as maternal love or maternal pride, penetrates her nature to the core” -G Wilson Knight
“The subject of Coriolanus… is the ruin of a noble life through the sin of pride” – E Dowden
“The emotionally starved son… is forced to live on anger, displaced from its primal source, his mother” -Bridget Elscome
“The man… and his reputation are interchangeable” -Bridget Elscome
“Coriolanus’ alienation reveals… itself in his response to praise” – Bridget Elscome
“He is more his own enemy… than he is theirs, and his tragedy is not the consequence of their fear and anger but of his nature and nurture” -Bloom
“Coriolanus is characterised chiefly… by opposition and conflict…both external and internal” -John h blitz
“Coriolanus is constantly divided… both against others and within himself” -John h blitz