The Chorus: The Real Main Character Plays throughout history captivate the minds and hearts of the audience watching. The plight of the protagonist, the evil of the antagonist, and the swaying opinions of the supporting cast create the perfect situation for deep emotional cleansing. In Greek drama, the supporting cast is called the chorus. The chorus, through voicing opinions and personifying the emotion of the scene, greatly influences the characters and events in the play. The chorus’ influence on Creon completely changes the course of the play, and its result. Creon makes very rash decisions in Scene one concerning the burial of Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, and rather than oppose him, the chorus backs him up. According to the chorus, they say, “None are so foolish as to seek for death (I, 250),” to please Creon, and break moral law to do this. By doing this, the chorus lets Creon choose his own law over their god’s law. However, later on in the play, the chorus, and especially the chorogus, causes a change of heart in Creon. Creon sees his mistakes and is humbled. This is the turning point of the play, and is only possible through the chorus. The chorus’ influence on Antigone affects her emotions, and eventually tries to save her through Creon. Antigone is extremely despondent as she walks to her death, but the chorus cheers her by saying, “Surely you carry fame with you and praise…. You were in charge of your own fate (III, 942,946).” Her fate does not seem so menacing to her as a result of this. Also, the chorus changes its collective consciousness mind on the subject of Antigone’s plight. This shows that moral law trumps civil law in every case. This means that Antigone is in the right all along. Throughout the play,…
Honors English Novel Study Form
Author and Original Year of Publication: Sophocles, 1888
MLA citation: Sophocles. Antigone. New York: Dover Publications, 1993. Print.
Pertinent biographical information on author (You must use an online source and must also include a citation that matches the Works Cited page):
Sophocles was born around the times of 496 B.C.E. into wealth, as a son of an arms manufacturer. As an Athenian citizen and “well-known as a masters of tragedy…
How important do you think is the Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone?
At the start of greek drama, there was only one actor on the orchestra and even later there was no more than three actors on stage. The Chorus was there to distract the audience as they clearly needed when the actors went off stage to change. The function of the Chorus is may have been a little more for a ‘practical’ than with any kind of artistic or philosophical reasons. The Chorus in Antigone, written by Sophocles, is not very…
audience already knew what would happen at the end of Antigone. The contrast between what the audience knows and what the characters know sets up the tension, the dramatic irony. However, Sophocles uses dramatic license and adds events that are not found in any previous account of the myth, including the quarrels between Antigone and Ismene, Antigone’s two attempts to bury Polynices, Antigone’s betrothal to Haemon, the entombment of Antigone, Tiresias’s argument with Creon, and the suicides. These…
I decided to do my report on Oedipus’ daughter Antigone. This was the third and final story that was written. It begins with Antigone, who is the protagonist, and her sister Ismene. Though there are two sisters Antigone is the more forward and aggressive one. Their brother died and was shamed so he did not have a proper burial. Antigone knows that she is forbidden from having a priest say a few words and to bury him with respect, but she wants to do it…
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Antigone: Tragic Hero
A tragic hero can be defined in many different ways. He or she is usually the main character in a Greek or Roman tragedy. He’s typically an admirable character who appears as the focus in a tragic play, but who is undone by a hamartia. This hamartia, often pride (or hubris), leads to the downfall of the main character and sometimes everything he or she holds dear. He is doomed from the start, bears no responsibility for possessing his…
– Actors and props
– Function of Chorus
Athenian Tragic Dramatists
The ancient theater at Delphi
Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.E. )
Optimistic philosophy / themes
Orestia Trilogy (458 B.C.E. )
– Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers,
– Growth of civilization through reason
Sophocles (496-406 B.C.E. )
Friend of Pericles
Consequences of human error
Most traditionally religious in theme
Antigone, Oedipus the King
(/ˈiːθɒs/ or /ˈiːθoʊs/) is a Greek word meaning "character" that is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology. The Greeks also used this word to refer to the power of music to influence its hearer's emotions, behaviours, and even morals. Early Greek stories of Orpheus exhibit this idea in a compelling way. The word's use in rhetoric is closely based on the Greek terminology used by Aristotle in his concept of the three artistic proofs.
Jocasta know that Oedipus’s parents are not his real parents.
- Oedipus does not know that he is the murderer of Laius.
- Oedipus’s pride gets in the way of his insight.
- Creon is almost sentenced to death because of a suspicious Oedipus.
- Antigone and Ismene will never be loved because of who their father and mother were.
4) Main Characters:
Oedipus: He is the king of the city of Thebes. He is seen as a hero to his people and he feels very loyal to them. However, he is stubborn and he…