From the point of view of Roman society there is no one
to blame but Coriolanus himself. As illustrated by
Menenius's story of the body and its parts ( - ),
the motif of the play, the harmonious operation of the
community is the criterion by which the actions of its
individuals must be judged. By this criterion, although
the military service Coriolanus has done for Rome is
undeniably great, it is also undeniable that he is likely
to do a great deal of harm to the living fabric of the
society. On this point, Sicinius and Menenius,
representatives of the two factions of society, cannot
help but agree:
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