The Chorus In Oedipus Rex Essay Research — страница 2

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through echoing the thoughts of the populace, as demonstrated here, is of paramount importance in its development. Another role that the Chorus was given by Sophocles was to heighten the tragic nature, the tension and the overall effect of the play. Throughout many areas in the play we can see the Chorus emphasising certain points that bear real significance in the play. The previous example contains many references to this. By emphasising the futility of the resistance to the omnipotent Gods the chorus heightens the tragic credentials of the play. By also concentrating the plot on a single interest, it also again conforms to the theoretical nature of the Greek tragedies. The chorus’ intrinsic role as the heightener and emphasiser of tragedy also extends into the other realms

of tragic theory. Rather than arousing the emotions of pity and fear through spectacle, the strong commentarial and narrative functions help to convey the emotions through effect. This is similar to the Messenger’s role when he reports the destruction of the Oedipus and Jocasta. Merely by using potent and emotive language the effect on the audience is dramatic. The chorus also helps to add continuity to the plot. When in between individual scenes, an actor needed to change costumes, the brief interlude provided by the chorus would help to ensure the fluency of the action. By entering and commenting lucidly upon the action and offering new insights, the play becomes arguably less erratic and less disjointed. Another role that has been given to the audience is to question the

characters. This helps to reveal more about them, and possibly pose the same questions that we would want to ask the characters. When the messenger bursts onto the stage with the news that “Our Sacred Queen Jocasta – … is dead!,” the immediate reaction of audience is to want to know more. The action of the chorus by posing the obvious question of “How and why?vi” increases the rate of movement, as facilitates the plausibility of the plot by allowing Oedipus to offstage, mutilating himself. 1,033 Words i Ms. Harrisons’s Guide to Greek Tragedy, 1999 ii Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 1994 iii Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 1994 iv Oedipus Rex, Player’s Press Edition Page 41 v Oedipus Rex, Player’s Press Edition Page 9 vi Oedipus Rex,

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