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Coriolanus and Interpretations of Politics

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This is a literary analysis of Coriolanus and Interpretations of Politics ('Who does the wolf love?')." Disowning Knowledge in Six Plays of Shakespeare by Stanley Cavell.

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This refusal of conventions makes the play Coriolanus by William Shakespeare unique. Shakespeare offers an aloof and distant character who is questioning and refusing "...his participation in finite human existence" (Cavell 143). Cavell argues that this interpretation is too simplistic, for there not to be more to it. Cavell suggests that Coriolanus requires two readings: An analysis of body politics and psychoanalytic literary criticism. For Cavell, the idea of body politics "...is fairly predictable once you know whose side the reader is taking, that of the patricians or that of the plebeians" (145). For that reason, Cavell finds psychoanalytic interpretation to be the best method to discuss Coriolanus. Stanley Cavell states that Coriolanus is regarded as a tragedy though it disregards preconceptions of what Shakespearean tragedy is (143).

Cavell focuses on food, the act of feeding, and the act of devouring for symbolic purposes. Cavell cites several ...

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This is a literary analysis of Coriolanus and Interpretations of Politics ('Who does the wolf love?')." Disowning Knowledge in Six Plays of Shakespeare by Stanley Cavell.

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