The chorus, as a dramatic device, originates with the Greek theatre. As Enotes states:
The Greek chorus comments on themes, and shows how an ideal audience might react to the drama. The chorus also represents, on stage, the general population of the particular story.. . .In many of these plays, the chorus expressed to the audience what the main characters could not say, such as their hidden fears or secrets. The chorus often provided other characters with the insight they need.
For a theatrical world that presented, in its Tragedies, the struggles of kings, queens, gods and goddesses, the chorus provided a real point of connection for the audience, which was comprised, for the most part, of ordinary Greek citizens.
Shakespeare used a character called Chorus in his plays Romeo and Juliet and
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