Released on February 14 ,2012, the title Coriolanus as one of the history plays written by Shakespeare, came as a surprise for many. They had read or heard of other Roman tragedies like Antony and Cleopatra,and Julius Caesar..but not this one. Moreover, one rarely found any news on this play being theatrically adapted too. Hence, it remained it relative obscurity as compared to other Shakespearean History plays or tragedies.
It was T.S. Eliot who had rated Coriolanus as Shakespeare’s ‘greatest tragic achievement’ where he regarded this to be a notch above Hamlet and even Antony and Cleopatra.
Now that this tragedy occurs to be a part of Paper 5 for the Literature in English course for A level, it will require some critical insight into the character and the times of Coriolanus.