The Role of the Chorus in Greek Plays Analytical Essay by BrainC

The Role of the Chorus in Greek Plays
Looks at the role of the chorus in Euripides's play, "Medea", and Aeschylus's play, "Agamemnon".
# 52809 | 1,169 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US

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This paper explains how the chorus in the plays, "Medea" and "Agamemnon", enhance the audience's experience as they watch the plays and contemplate their opinions of the actual character and the character as reflected by the chorus.

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"Euripides play, Medea, has created astonishing results since the time it was written, 2400 years back and was first performed in 431 BC. The play originates from the ancient myths of Jason and Medea, while it, "investigates the psychology of revenge and betrayal".( Euripides' Medea "ICFI", reviewed by: Stephen Griffiths ). Euripide, though a male writer has been able to view a females' mind emerging with power and great intensity. He was the first Athenian to use the chorus as a commentator, in order to interpret human sufferings without the wisdoms of the gods. Parallel to Medea, Aeschylus' Agamemnon narrates a similar myth of Agamemnon and his queen, Clytemnestra in a play, which was written in Greek in the fifth century B.C. Aeschylus was known to be the first playwright and the father of Western Drama."

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