Does the chorus agree with Creon or Oedipus in lines 224-227?

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Lines 224-227 of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex read:

And that ravenous Ares, god of killing,

who now consumes me as he charges on

with no bronze shield but howling battle cries,

This choral ode occurs before the major debate between Creon and Oedipus . Instead, Creon has just returned from...

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Lines 224-227 of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex read:

And that ravenous Ares, god of killing,

who now consumes me as he charges on

with no bronze shield but howling battle cries,

This choral ode occurs before the major debate between Creon and Oedipus. Instead, Creon has just returned from the oracle at Delphi where he inquired into the cause of the plague. He tells Oedipus that he has discovered the cause, namely that the murderer of Laius still lives within the city and brings pollution upon it. Creon and Oedipus agree that the murderer must be found as soon as possible and they both are grateful to the god Apollo for his help.

In the ensuing choral ode, the members of the chorus describe the horrors of the plague and pray to various gods for help. In these particular lines, the chorus is praying that if Ares is punishing the city that he stop doing so and leave them alone. Thus they agree with both Oedipus and Creon that something must be done about the plague and they beseech the gods for help. 

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