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As a woman Volumnia lacks the ability to achieve power on her own in the male-dominated Roman society she also lacks a husband through whom she might indirectly enjoy public clout Thus Volumnia raises her son to be a great soldier and it is her ambition more than his that puts him on the disastrous track toward the consulship Moreover Volumnias controlling nature constitutes a major cause of Coriolanuss fatal childishness and while his legendary stubbornness holds sway in every other situation she alone can overcome it and convince Coriolanus to spare Rome--and thus unwittingly set his doom in motion Volumnia is depicted as a powerful woman who exercises considerable influence over her son She is an important character and appears in every act of the play Her appearances are always significant and her words have an important affect on Coriolanus In fact Volumnia is responsible for her sons arrogance and contempt of the commoners She has taught him to regard the plebeians as woollen vessels and things createdTo buy and sell with goats It is also Volumnia who has taught Coriolanus to treasure war wounds above the pleasures of common life From an early age she has trained him to be a soldier valuing honor and bravery above all else At the age of sixteen she sent him off to war and gloried in his successes Volumnias ruling passion is fury She claims that Angers my meat I sup upon myself but she is also judicious As she tells Coriolanus she has a brain that leads my use of anger To better advantage While Coriolanus anger is incorrigible Volumnias anger is not In the same vein Volumnia can be a political creature when needed where her son has no sense of politics and refuses any part of pretension In the end of the play Volumnia plays politics with her son in order to save her beloved country She tells Coriolanus that he will
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