The tragic downfall of the main character in William Shakespeare's play Coriolanus

Koesdianing, Anissa (2004) The tragic downfall of the main character in William Shakespeare's play Coriolanus. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

Literature is language well used. The main function of literature is for understanding and communication. Literature also helps to find meaning, to express it and to share it with others. Drama is the part of the literature that the writer is interested in. The writer feels that the interaction between the characters in drama is more alive than the other forms of literature such as story, novel, or poem. On the basis of the above facts, the writer is interested in analyzing one of Shakespeare’s tragic plays, entitled Coriolanus. The tragic life of Coriolanus arises the writer’s curiosity to know more about it. Thus, the writer wants to find out the causes of Coriolanus’s downfall and the other characters’ contribution to his downfall. This study is a literary research and it is considered a qualitative research. Using phenomenological perspective methods, this study finally finds out that: 1. Coriolanus’ arrogance has caused his downfall Coriolanus’ childhood give big influence in developing his maturation. His tenet has aroused an egoistic, which bring him to many enemies. Coriolanus is too blind to see that his position in the society is fragile because he focuses too much in how to please his mother and his pride. His unwillingness to manage his emotion has sent him to a worst life. 2. There are several characters who have contribution to Coriolanus’ downfall. Volumnia as his mother, plays the dominant part in Coriolanus life. These two people have a same ambition in life, but there are some events when Coriolanus’ pride is in contrast with Volumnia’s will. The citizens dislike Coriolanus, because Coriolanus always insult them as an unworthy people. Meanwhile, there are also the two tribunes who felt that their career is in jeopardy because of Coriolanus’s success. The last is the Volscian general who creates a conspiracy with his friends to destry Coriolanus because of jealousy. They, the two tribunes and the Volscian general, know exactly how to make Coriolanus becomes uncontrolled, and that it is by humiliating him in public. The writer reckons by analyzing Shakespeare’s drama Coriolanus, she can have a better interpretation of the playwright’s message by analyzing Coriolanus’ character in his work . Coriolanus’ anger, jealousy and disappointment are natural feeling. It is a matter of self control, when a person has a direct contact with public. Each person faces the world with different point of view. To deals with those differences, it needs a compromise with himself and his environment to survive in life.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Faculty of Teacher Training and Education" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literature, drama, character, downfall, Coriolanus
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: EK Lengkonosari PN
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2015 06:28
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2015 06:28
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/3708

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