Study Guide

Coriolanus Act 4, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 1

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  • Before leaving the city, Coriolanus says a quick goodbye to his wife and mom at Rome's gates.
  • The women are boo-hooing, which totally bugs Coriolanus. He orders them to man up, especially his tough mama.
  • Coriolanus then declares that he's going to live his life like a "lonely dragon."
  • His pal Cominius offers to go with him but Coriolanus shrugs him off and sets out on his own.