Vague parallels between the Spear Shaker play Coriolanus and the current Ukraine crisis were seen in yesterday’s blog entry, Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 13). Caius Marcius Coriolanus (Viktor Yanukovych) is exiled from Rome (Kiev). He goes to Tullus Aufidius, leader of the Volscians (Russians). Together, Caius Marcius Coriolanus and Tullus Aufidius lead an army attacking Rome (Crimea, eastern Ukraine, and possibly even Kiev. Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted that Russian military intervention in Ukraine could go beyond Crimea. )
A movie version of the play Coriolanus, directed by Ralph Fiennes, premiered in 2011. A clip from the film hopefully appears above. The Roman (Kiev) mob have banished Coriolanus, but Coriolanus turns the tables and roars, “I banish you!” Coriolanus has the moral victory over the mob, even though you might not agree with his patrician political views.
Watching the movie version of Coriolanus last night, Ersjdamoo was struck by the feeling it was “Latest News From Ukraine” and not a Spear Shaker play. The movie uses frequent “News Updates” for latest developments on the Rome (Kiev) crisis, the exile of Coriolanus (Viktor Yanukovych), and the threat to Rome caused by the Volscians (Russians), led now by the banished Coriolanus, who have “entered Roman [Crimea] territory.”
So let us follow the inside story of these events. Tullus Aufidius (Vladimir Putin), leader of the Volscians (Russians), follows the news reports from Rome (Kiev). An angry mob of plebeians are in an uproar. They carry various weapons. Muses Tullus Aufidius (Vladimir Putin), “What ever have been thought on in this state, that could be brought to bodily act ere Rome had circumvention?” What the heck is going on? Is it the East? Is it the West? Aufidius (Putin) reads from a report he has received: “They have prest a power, but it is not known whether for east or west: the dearth is great; the people mutinous.”
All that Aufidius (Putin) can figure out for the moment is that the “hatching”, it seems, appeared to Rome (Kiev). This could all be a trick, to disguise an attack on the Volscians (Russia), “to keep your great pretences veil’d till when they needs must show themselves.”
Then the angry mob caused Coriolanus (Viktor Yanukovych) to leave Rome (Kiev). For awhile there, it looked like Coriolanus might even be killed. A soothsayer tells Menenius Agrippa, friend of Coriolanus, that “we shall have news tonight.” (Beware the Ides of March.) Secretly, Junius Brutus (John McCain) and Sicinius Velutus (Victoria Nuland), two Tribunes, have been stirring up plebeian passions against Coriolanus:
Junius Brutus (John McCain): For an end, we must suggest the people in what hatred he [Coriolanus/Yanukovych] still hath held them.
Sicinius Velutus (Victoria Nuland): At some time when his [Coriolanus/Yanukovych] soaring insolence shall touch the people – which time shall not want, if he be put upon’t; and that’s as easy as to set dogs on sheep – will be his fire to kindle their [plebeians] dry stubble; and their blaze shall darken him for ever.
How will it all end? Will Coriolanus (Viktor Yanukovych) and his new ally Tullus Aufidius (Vladimir Putin) march into Rome (Kiev)? The indications based upon soothsaying of the Spear Shaker’s Coriolanus are that yes, Kiev is the destination – with this caveat: Coriolanus (Viktor Yanukovych) will have a final change of heart.
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 “Putin Hints That He May Not Stop at Crimea”, by Patrick Goodenough. CNS News, March 3, 2014. http://www.prisonplanet.com/putin-hints-that-he-may-not-stop-at-crimea.html