Coriolanus Act 2, Scene 2 Summary
- At the Capitol, a couple of Officers prepare for the senate and talk about Coriolanus' chances of getting elected. On the one hand, he's a "brave" war hero. On the other hand, he's way too proud and hates the "common people."
- One of the Officers points out that plenty of politicians hate the commoners but they're good at flattering voters. The only difference is that Coriolanus refuses to pander.
- The Senators show up and get down to business. It's official: Coriolanus is running for "consul."
- Cominius gets up and gives a big speech. Mostly, he fanboys about Coriolanus' bravery in battle.
- Coriolanus is so embarrassed that he leaves the room, but the Senators can't get enough and say they want to make him consul.
- Next step is for Coriolanus to get the plebes' votes. This involves wearing a special toga, getting "naked," and showing the people his war wounds.
- Hey, it's tradition.
- Coriolanus is not happy about this, but he promises the Senate he'll do it anyway.
- Everyone exits except Sicinius and Brutus.
- After talking more smack about Coriolanus, they decide to bad mouth him to the Citizens.