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The play text gives a sense of character through the words and actions of the characters themselves, and through what others say about them and to them. You may already have a strong sense of who the character Coriolanus is. In adapting the play for the screen, the filmmakers take key decisions about how the character will look, act and interact with others, to give the audience an immediate impression of the character.


Look at these images of Coriolanus and explain what connotations you think the images have. Connotations are the associations that images, words or music give us – for example, red often connotes anger, or blood, or passion. Consider the features the filmmakers have used to show their interpretation of the character and see if you can find quotes about the character from the play to support (or challenge) the interpretation.


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