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In "Antigone," what comment does the chorus make about life and about the...

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Posted August 11, 2008 at 11:23 AM via web

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In "Antigone," what comment does the chorus make about life and about the power of the gods?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM (Answer #1)

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In Scene 2 of Antigone, the chorus says that once the Gods have "rocked a house to its foundations" the ruin of that house or family will continue from generation to generation. No one can "overmaster" the power of Zeus and the gods. Their power and laws will continue. Echoing Shakespeare's "Macbeth", the chorus continues with the famous line "foul is fair and fair is foul" to the man the gods will ruin. In other words, once the Gods decide to ruin a family, whether it seems fair or not, there is nothing mankind can do about it. This foreshadows the eventual demise of Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus whose life was eventually ruined by circumstances he could not overcome.

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