The Role of the Chorus in 'Oedipus' and 'Antigone'

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  • The Role of the Chorus in 'Oedipus' and 'Antigone'.
    • Divides the play into episode and usually discuss the events.
      • Eg; At the end of the first episode in Oedipus there is Oedipus' declaration to find the guilty party- The Chorus then muses who this might be.
    • Sets the emotional tone.
      • Eg; Mystery, Fear, Shock are all displayed by the Chorus in either 'Oedipus' or 'Antigone'.
    • Comments on the themes of the play
      • Hubris, Frailty of human happiness, Family Law.
    • The Chorus leader often attempts reconciliation.
      • Eg; Between Oedipus and Tiresias, and Creon and Antigone.
    • Seeks to arbitrate and make characters see sense.
      • Eg; Tries to make Creon see that Haemon is actually right. (Ant. 1.670-672)
    • Comments on and helps us evaluate characters.
      • Eg; Chorus to Oedipus, 'Wrected alike in your fate...How I wish that I had never known you.' And Chorus to Creon, 'Alas! Too late you seem to see justice!'


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