Chorus in Oedipus Rex funstions as an actor in the events and as presenter of its dominating theme in lyric terms. Elaborate.if this question is asked in a P.G.exam for 12 marks what should be the...
Chorus in Oedipus Rex funstions as an actor in the events and as presenter of its dominating theme in lyric terms. Elaborate.
if this question is asked in a P.G.exam for 12 marks what should be the best way to answer it
The function of the chorus in Greek tragedies is meant to be as a kind of "commentator" on the action of the play, punctuating the main acts with this kind of response. the Chorus in this play can be said to be as much of a character as the main characters. It plays the role of peacemaker between the King and Creon and is successful in getting the pardon of the King for Creon. After the death of Teiresias it comments on the terrible predictions he has made but remains steadfastly loyal to the King. The Chorus reflects the mood of the play and at times, deepen it by their response. The Chorus, then, is no impartial character, but is firmly involved in the action and is just as much of an actor in the play as the other characters.
It is in the final ode of the Chorus where they represent the mood and theme of the play most fully. Reflecting the dejection of Oedipus, they state that all the generations of man add up to nothing. Although this appears to be a negative closing, we can see that despite the ephemeral nature of man and his happiness, this ode likewise focuses on the greatness of the human spirit, pointing us to the unavoidable conclusion that, despite his downfall, Oedipus remains a forceful character and is still, in a sense, heroic.