Coriolanus is a proud Roman general who, having proven himself in battle by defeating Volscian invaders, is nominated by the Senate as a consul. However, the two tribunes Brutus and Sicinius dislike Coriolanus and turn the people against him, so that he cannot win their vote. In a rage, Coriolanus condemns the whole idea of popular rule and as a result, is called a traitor and banished from the city he has just defended. Coriolanus then goes to Antium, where he joins forces with the Volscians against Rome. The following is the speech that Coriolanus makes to the crowds who have called for his exile.. 

You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
As reek o’ the rotten fens, whose loves I prize
As the dead carcasses of unburied men
That do corrupt my air, I banish you;
And here remain with your uncertainty!
Let every feeble rumour shake your hearts!
Your enemies, with nodding of their plumes,
Fan you into despair! Have the power still
To banish your defenders; till at length
Your ignorance, which finds not till it feels,
Making not reservation of yourselves,
Still your own foes, deliver you as most
Abated captives to some nation
That won you without blows! Despising,
For you, the city, thus I turn my back:
There is a world elsewhere.