the tragedy of coriolanus

The Signs As Shakespearian Insults
  • Aries: Thou art like a toad; ugly and venomous.
  • Taurus: Thou art a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward.
  • Gemini: Foot-licker!
  • Cancer: Methinks’t thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.
  • Leo: I desire we may be better strangers.
  • Libra: Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat.
  • Scorpio: The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.
  • Sagittarius: Thou mis-shapen dick!
  • Capricorn: Peace, ye fat guts!
  • Aquarius: You mouldy rogue
  • Pisces: A fusty nut with no kernel.
  • Virgo: Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver'd, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mungril bitch.

anonymous asked:

Could you please list five or so Shakespeare plays that you'd recommend everyone reads? I'm trying to read more over break. Much love!

for people who are interested in getting into shakespeare, here’s a not-so-serious organized guide to some of the plays!!

starting five (not necessarily “easy”, but best if you don’t like/know much about the bard and want a good place to begin): romeo and juliet, the tempest, macbeth, julius caesar, hamlet

actually amusing comedies: a midsummer night’s dream, twelfth night, as you like it, much ado about nothing

plays with the best (and by best i mean worst) villains: othello, richard III, titus andronicus, king lear

best of the histories (even if two are technically tragedies): antony and cleopatra, coriolanus, henry V, richard II, henry VI part one

makes you think: henry IV part one, the taming of the shrew, measure for measure, the merchant of venice (i still don’t like this play but it should be read critically)

underrated gems: the comedy of errors, troilus and cressida, two gentlemen of verona, cymbeline

During the first part of Macbeth, or any play of that class, the hero monopolizes our interest. We see him boldly assert himself and reach out after some coveted prize; and our sympathy goes out to this challenging, aggressive leader. But at last he takes some fatal step, and we feel that his ruin has begun. The opposition to the hero, the counterplay, must now take the lead, since it is destined to destroy him. The slow defeat of the hero is an unpleasant  spectacle, and we have not yet reached the compensatinlg intensity of the tragic close. Because the opposition now claims our attention, the leading character is apt to be absent from the stage for a time. In Macbeth the play travels off to England for a disproportionlately long scene, and the hero is neglected; Hamlet is sent away to England (…)It is evident that tragedies of the type of Othello have an advantage at this stage of the action where tragedies of the Macbeth type are in danger. The action of Othello really begins with the plot of lago against Othello and Desdemona, at the close of the first act; and from this point on that villain manages everything, while the Moor is the unsuspecting victim of his wiles. In the great third scene of Act III, Iago convinces the hero of the guilt of Desdemona. Othello, roused to fury,  calls forth our most intense interest and compassion as he storms on toward the doom that
awaits him. We are deeply stirred with sympathy during just that stage of the action which in Macbeth and similar tragedies tends to be distracting and weak.
—  Albert H. Toleman, The Structure of Shakespearean Tragedies with special reference to Coriolanus
  • Looks like a comedy and is a comedy: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night
  • Looks like a comedy but is actually kind of a tragedy: Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, possibly Much Ado About Nothing
  • Looks like a tragedy and is a tragedy: Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Coriolanus
  • Looks vaguely tragic but might be a comedy: Cymbeline, the puppet show version of Titus Andronicus

anonymous asked:

hey, rebecca, correct me if I'm wrong, but you like shakespeare, right? do you happen to have any bootlegs of recent-ish (ideally post-2000) performances of ... well, anything? even romeo and juliet would be great. I'm not really sure how popular shakespeare is amongst theatre fans, especially because they seem to focus on musicals a lot here on tumblr? I've just never actually *seen* his plays, so I'm curious. any help in the right direction would be lovely!

you’re in luck!  you don’t even need bootlegs thanks to the lovely company at shakespeare’s globe.  their shows are all staged in more or less the early modern style, but it just adds to the fantastic aesthetic.  if it’s post-2000 stage productions you’re after, i highly recommend them all.  

if you use torrents, then here are links to the following productions of shakespeare’s plays at the globe (there might be more dvds available but these were all i could find):  

all’s well that ends well (comedy) 
as you like it (comedy) 
love’s labours lost (comedy)
much ado about nothing (comedy) 
merry wives of windsor (comedy) 
twelfth night (comedy) 
taming of the shrew (comedy) 

othello (tragedy) 
romeo and juliet (tragedy) 

henry viii (history) 
henry iv part one (history)
henry iv part two (history) 
henry v (history)

and this is a production of doctor faustus put on by the globe.  it’s marlowe, not shakespeare, but a fantastic play and if you enjoy these productions then you’ll love it just as much.   

these are misc stage productions put on by other companies: 

julius caesar (history) (royal shakespeare company)
the tempest (tragedy) (stratford theatre) 
macbeth (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company)
hamlet (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company) 
coriolanus (tragedy) (national theatre live) 
much ado about nothing (comedy) (wyndham’s theatre) 

speaking of hamlet, some lovely person put together this compilation post a while ago, so there are various productions of hamlet there.  

and the duchess of malfi is webster, not shakespeare, but it’s such a fantastic play and he’s another early modern writer.  so again, recommended.  this production was done at the greenwich theatre. 

and i feel like im forgetting some really obvious recent productions, but here’s the collection i devised off the top of my head.   as far as movie versions go, if you are interested in those as well, there have been some great productions in the last few years.  the hollow crown series (bbc) covered one of the history quartets (richard ii, henry iv part one, henry iv part two, henry v) and i greatly enjoyed all four films (richard ii was my personal fave though).  there was also a romeo and juliet movie recently, though they edited a lot of shakespeare’s text so if you’re here for that then i wouldn’t recommend it.  in 2011 there was a film version of much ado about nothing which was particularly popular (a joss whedon production with many familiar faces). 

there are, of course, countless classics as well.  if you’re interested, some of my personal favourite shakespeare movies are richard iii (laurence olivier), much ado about nothing (kenneth branagh), henry v (kenneth branagh), titus (a julie taymor production starring anthony hopkins as titus andronicus - a SUPERB adaptation, unforgettable), romeo and juliet (1968, directed by zeffirelli), hamlet (kenneth branagh - not necessarily a fan of EVERYTHING in this version, but GOD it is a FEAST for the eyes, and when the casting is right it is sooooo right.  def worth checking out).  

and GOD im sure there are many, many, many more BUT I’VE GONE FOR WAY TOO LONG SO THERE.  GO FORTH.   if you don’t use torrents, then i recommend a quick google on how to do so. if you can’t, then sorry!  but at least you know these copies exist and can look for them elsewhere.  and maybe someone else searching for shows can use these.


❝  luna, stop.  ❞  run for your mother ; run for your father   for the ghosts of eve. run for the ocean ; the tides’ luminesce is fading. she weaves her way through the crowds of polis, a girl cicatrised from the weight of denial  &  blame. they call her wanheda  &  write her name into the broken stories of their bones. the rip apart the banners of skaikru, the dementia of victory and gore clouding their minds. they hoist the banners of azgeda and trigeda, the black hand and the triple arc.  A FINAL CONCLAVE.  she rushes to keep up with luna’s powerful strides  &  how she fades into the mass. she’s plunged into a throng of people who only care for blood ; who deny lexa’s vision of peace. it leaves her gasping :  A.L.I.E. did this, took away her peace ; abnegated death.  SHE IS JEALOUS OF TRAGEDIES   she is coriolanus, waiting for her earth-born blame to choke her ; who holds the knife to wanheda’s throat? luna appears again in the sea, and clarke chases ― through an alleyway where a figure in black looms close to ocean, claws into the tide, then vanishes. there are nail - marks on luna’s arm.  ❝  we need to talk. 

@maerine​ : hello, new phone, who dis.

It is generally recognized that Iago is Shakespeare’s most colnsummate villain, but it is perhaps not clearly seeln that he had to be this, or else the play would be   partial failure. It is only because lago is such a subtle and masterly villain that we can see him dupe the unsuspecting Othello without impairing our respect for that noble, high-minded hero. But there can be lno question about the reality of the daniger to which the play is exposed at this point, the danger that Othello shall appear a weak and unworthy character rather than one really tragic.
—  Albert H. Toleman, The Structure of Shakespearean Tragedies with special reference to Coriolanus

Coriolanus: "Away." Menenius: "How? Away?" Coriolanus: "Wife, mother, child, I know not. My affairs are servanted to others. Though I owe my revenge properly, my remission lies in Volscian breasts. That we have been familiar, ingrate forgetfulness shall poison rather than pity note how much. Therefore be gone. Mine ears against your suits are stronger than your gates against my force."