A Political Analysis of "Coriolanus" by William Shakespeare
Zbikowski, Susan J.
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The purpose of this paper is to examine the events and conditions of the late 16th and early 17th centuries and compare them to the language, plot and implications of Shakespeare's play Coriolanus. Written sometime in the first decade of the 17th century, Coriolanus is concerned with politics and social conditions in a Roman setting. This examination of. literature and corresponding politics needs some explanation of politics and drama in society. Therefore, I have included a brief overview of Elizabethan politics and society as well as a small essay on drama as a political function. These sections should aid in the comprehension of the cultural context in which Shakespeare wrote.