The second part focuses on particular peoples, including the Lucanians, the Volscians
and Hernicians, the Marsi, the Falliscans and the Capenates, the Umbri, the Veneti, and the Galli.
After being betrayed by his own people, the general allied with the Volscians
and marched against Rome.
The example Hawkes selects to illustrate the point precedes the events of 1926, and exposes the ideological assumptions that have guided successive generations of textual editors from the Third Folio onwards in their responses to the play: "like an eagle in a dovecote, I / Flutter'd (Flatter'd) your Volscians
In his essay "Study of Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus'," Brecht refers to Mao's distinction between dominant and secondary contradictions and makes a connection with the Chinese political situation while analyzing with his company the initial conflict in Shakespeare's play between the Roman plebeians and patricians and their subsequent unity under Marcius Coriolanus in a war against the Volscians
Furthermore, in the fith century the Volscians
emerged from the upper Liris valley and conquered most of the Trera valley and the coastal plain south of Rome.
3) Blossoming into a warrior queen who exulted in battle and bloodshed, Camilla returned to rule the Volscians
and eventually joined forces with Turnus, King of the Rutulians, and other indigenous Latins in an attempt to drive out Aeneas and his invading Trojan army.
Marcius's principal political enemies, the tribunes Brutus and Sicinius are portrayed as smarmy Labour politicians; his principal martial enemy--Aufidius, commander of the Volscians
--is attired as a Che Guevara-esque revolutionary; and Coriolanus himself, when he joins with the Volscians
to make war on Rome, affects the skinhead stylings of the lumpen-right.
In a nice touch of verisimilitude, Rome's enemies, the Volscians
, are equipped with Kalashnikovs.
Occasionally, a case for such a connection can be made on the basis of the original signals, as with the link between the appearance of Coriolanus "in a gown of humility" to ask for the voices of the plebeians and his subsequent appearance among the Volscians
"in mean apparel, dis-guis'dand muffled" (2.
In fact, the Amazonian warrior remains conspicuously absent throughout the novel: in the description of the scenes in which Camilla triumphs and then falls in battle, Le Guin fails to include her part in the proceedings, instead stressing her absence from Lavinia's field of vision: "I looked for the woman warrior my poet had said would ride with the Volscians
, but I did not see her" (131).
death by the Volscians
are equally predetermined by his unvarying
While the casting of the Volscians
as women worked well visually, the effects of this choice on the audience, and indeed on the play, were difficult to control.