Coriolanus is caught between imploration to demonstrate his greatness as a soldier and his natural inclination to keep the consequences of such prowess private. It is the play’s great irony that the character at the heart of the narrative and who, according to theatrical convention can thus be expected to perform the greatest amount of speeches, is reluctant to the point of discourtesy.
Anna Blackwell, “Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston’s Body and Action Cinema,” from Adaptation.
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