I remember seeing Coriolanus a few years ago in a London stage performance
with Ralph Fiennes in the lead role. One of the things that struck me most about
the play was how accessible it was. In a way, this is the major difference
between Coriolanus and Hamlet -- the accessibility of the protagonist. Hamlet is
fairly esoteric, while Coriolanus is straightforward, almost unintelligently so.
At the time I still remember wondering why it was that Eliot preferred the play
to such a fine work of art like Hamlet. That's still an issue I'd like to hear
more discussion on in the years to come.
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I find "Coriolanus" absolutely verbose. It
goes on and on with scene after
scene of characters dragging their bloody
bodies trailing guts across the
stage in the gore of the preceding
character. There shouldn't have been any
Romans (or Italians for that
matter) left after "Coriolanus".