The role of the chorus in Greek Tragedy is indispensable, as Aristotle once said,” [The chorus] is a dramatic element, an actor among other actors. It shows us the communal background of the action, which is essential to Oedipus [Rex] and to every other Greek Play” (Segal Pg., 39). The Chorus serves as a midwife to the audience by explaining certain things that happen during the play as Charles Segal states in his Critical essay Oedipus Tyrannous, “The Chorus is a vehicle for various hypotheses about what the event might mean” (Segal, Oedipus Tyrannus, 40)
Firstly, the Chorus in Oedipus Rex first begins with the role of mediation, The chorus helps the audience understand what is happening through their odes’, as Segal explains, “The choral odes, at more or less regular intervals, mark pauses in the action; they often follow a crisis or climax, and thus they allow us to absorb what has happened and to reflect on the meaning of the event” (Segal, Oedipus Tyrannus,33). In this case the Chorus is the citizenry the elders of Thebes, “[they, appeal to Oedipus to rid them of the ’fiery demon gripping the city,’” (Sewall, The Vision of Tragedy, 33) here the chorus is telling the audience what the common man in the play feels and what the need of the city is ...
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Overall the Chorus plays an important role in Greek tragedy. It helps plays become more alive and serves the audience as a midwife. It serves as a mediator between the audience and the imaginary word of the play. It helps it by given the audience their odes. The chorus also plays the role of evaluator. The chorus makes comments on the events and actions of the actors. It helps establish the theme of the play. Lastly the Chorus also works as the dramatizer. It adds mood to the play and establishes the atmosphere. The role of the churros plays an important position in Sophocles’ Oedipus rex.
Segal, Charles “Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge.” Ed. Lecker, Robert, 38-40 Twayne’s Masterwork Studies, Twayne Publishers 1993
Sewall, Richard B. “The Vision of Tragedy” 31-36, New Heaven, Yale university press, 1959
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