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" O mother, mother ! What have you done ? Behold, the heavens do ope, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother, mother ! O ! You have won a happy victory to Rome : But, for your son, — believe it, O, believe it, Most dangerously... "
The Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare, with Notes, Original ... - Page 243
by William Shakespeare - 1831
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The Imperial Theme

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 392 pages
...heavens do ope, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother, mother ! O ! You have won a happy victory to Rome; But, for your...have with him prevail'd, If not most mortal to him. (v. iii. 182) The heavens do truly open, as for the first time he realizes love's intolerant autonomy...
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Shame in Shakespeare

Ewan Fernie, Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway Ewan Fernie - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 274 pages
...values that have shaped his life, of his giving way like a child. He goes on: O my mother, mother! O! You have won a happy victory to Rome; But for your...have with him prevail'd, If not most mortal to him. (5.3.185-9) He is facing death here not so much because his mother's victory makes him traitor both...
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The Sovereign Flower: On Shakespeare as the Poet of Royalism, Together with ...

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 324 pages
...heavens do ope, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother! mother! O! You have won a happy victory to Rome; But, for your...have with him prevail'd, If not most mortal to him. (v. iii. 182) She wins, unconditionally. At once this hard, metallic, play brightens, and after four...
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The Sound of Shakespeare

Wes Folkerth - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 147 pages
...heavens do ope, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother, mother! O! You have won a happy victory to Rome; But, for your...- O, believe it Most dangerously you have with him prevaiTd, If not most mortal to him. (5.3.183-9) As you will have experienced in your own body, the...
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Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare

Stanley Cavell - Drama - 2003 - 250 pages
...heavens do ope, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother, mother! O! You have won a happy victory to Rome; But, for your...O, believe it! Most dangerously you have with him prevailed, If not most mortal to him. But let it come. (V, iii, 182-9) (I say these are words ot agony,...
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Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Irving Ribner - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 224 pages
...heavens do ope, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother, mother! Ol You have won a happy victory to Rome; But, for your...have with him prevail'd, If not most mortal to him. This is not a renunciation of sin by Coriolanus. In his delusion he sees his yielding to his mother...
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Shakespeare

George Ian Duthie - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 206 pages
...down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother, mother! O! You have won a happy \ ictory to Rome; But, for your son, — believe it, O, believe...prevail'd, If not most mortal to him. But, let it come. (V, iii, 182-9) We hear no more from Volumnia after this — not a word. We are left with the impression...
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Stanley Cavell's American Dream: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies

Lawrence F. Rhu - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 248 pages
...heavens do ope, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene They laugh at. O my mother, mother, O! You have won a happy victory to Rome; But for your...it, O believe it, Most dangerously you have with him prevailed, If not most mortal to him. But let it come (5.3.183-90). 45 Where pathos should obtain,...
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The Quest for Shakespeare

Joseph Pearce - Biography & Autobiography - 2008 - 275 pages
...and yet laments that his failure to do so might prove costly, even deadly: O my mother, mother! O! You have won a happy victory to Rome; But, for your...you have with him prevail'd, If not most mortal to him.s Faced with our knowledge of the dangerous times in which Shakespeare lived, it is difficult to...
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