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The Chorus in "Antigone" and "Oedipus Rex"
A discussion about the role of the chorus in Sophocles' "Antigone" and "Oedipus Rex."
# 122077 | 1,000 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman)

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This paper discusses the role of the chorus in Greek tragedy, focusing on Sophocles' plays "Antigone" and "Oedipus Rex." The chorus as a literary device is explained, and its use to enhance dramatic irony is elucidated. The paper also discusses several reasons for the chorus's existence.

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"In Greek tragedies the chorus was considered a character unto itself with its own lines and function. Originally composed of individuals in early tragedies and later in the time of Thespis reduced, the chorus consisted simply of Athenian citizens who were not professional actors. The Classical Greek Chorus Scholars have suggested several reasons for the chorus's existence including to offer a sense of rich spectacle to the drama and to allow time for scene changes and permit the..."

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