Sicinius And Brutus In Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus'

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Canadian Philosopher Matshona Dhliwayo once stated, “The real power of a leader is in the number of minds he can reach, hearts he can touch, souls he can move, and lives he can change.” As a leader, especially a leader of Soldiers, it is critical to understand your subordinates. There are instances where you will lead diverse groups, and your method of approach to a situation can contradict the values and morals of a different person. If you decide to not recognize and accept these different beliefs, then it can be very dangerous, as people will decide not to follow you. Instead, if you accept these beliefs, not only will you being getting a greater understanding of different beliefs, but you have the capability to inspire, motivate, and earn the trust of your subordinates. William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” is an example of someone who is unfit to serve in a political position because they fail to accept beliefs and ideas from those in a lower political class than them. In his play “Coriolanus”, William Shakespeare incorporates politics into a…show more content…
Sicinius and Brutus are two tribunes elected by the plebeians, and scheme their ways through their positions. Sicinius and Brutus exploit Coriolanus, and push the plebeians to believe that Coriolanus is a bad leader, a tyrant. Eventually, the two tribunes effectively persuade the plebeians to believe that Coriolanus is not giving them the voice they deserve and voted for. For example, Sicinius states, “Sir, the people must have their voices; neither will they bate one jot of ceremony,” (2.2.138-139). This allows Sicinius and Brutus to begin the rebellion against Coriolanus, and ultimately succeed in getting him exiled from Rome. Had Coriolanus recognize these tribunes, he may have been able to realize that his method of approach was offending others, and possibly erase some of the tension with the

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