Paper 5 : Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

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.


About Ms. N's Rhyme and Reason

Hi, In the beginning was the word. Hence begins the history of humankind, in all domains of evolution. The thriving of civilizations has depended on how articulate were their teachers- the ones who descended with the learned art to their offspring generations. This phenomenon of transmitting of genetic code of learning has been at the heart of my inspiration to teach. This art somehow has transformed into a mantra for me, and it has never ceased to amaze me. Although to become a perfect teacher one might take a lifetime, but if one tries to be perfect, one negates the reason to experiment and fail. Hence, I may have faltered in some of my approaches, but my aspiration has been to try rectifying the short-coming, to connect again with the subject-matter and my pupils, to demystify the intended outcome, to enthuse the learners again, and to keep the cycle going.
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