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.

My rage is gone; And I am struck with sorrow.—Take him up:— Help, three o’ the chiefest soldiers; I’ll be one.— Beat thou the drum, that it speak mournfully; Trail your steel pikes. Though in this city he Hath widow’d and unchilded many a one, Which to this hour bewail the injury, Yet he shall have a noble memory.— Assist.

[Exeunt, bearing the body of CORIOLANUS. A dead march sounded.]

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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."

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Q_Ioj6AhQ)

A brief look at how my mind works:  1) Outro by M83 comes on playlist, 2) Outro was shared by Tom Hiddleston when he finished Coriolanus, 3) Coriolanus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, 4) Tom Hiddleston read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 for The Love Book app, 5) Look up video on YouTube… *le sigh*

I mean… I could’ve thought of when he did Henry V from The Hollow Crown as well, but… yeah.  Sometimes sonnets are better.

I have a suggestion: what if we let Ralph Fiennes direct one Shakespeare play a year, creating his own onscreen repertory company in the process? It might not sound like box-office gold at first, but after a few installments, maybe there could be an Avengers-style crossover episode, where Coriolanus gets a lesson in humility from King Lear and teams up with Hamlet to fight Richard III. As long as Hollywood has given up on creating original action heroes, why not give Marvel comics a rest and steal from a source that’s truly marvelous?