Murder in the Cathedral

by T. S. Eliot
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What exactly is the importance of the chorus?

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This T.S. Eliot story involves a lot of representations and symbols.  The chrous, I believe, is more representative than symbolic of collective thoughts held by the parishoners and prevailing public opinion at the time. In a sense, the chrous represents things that are stereotypical and not specific to one person. ...

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This T.S. Eliot story involves a lot of representations and symbols.  The chrous, I believe, is more representative than symbolic of collective thoughts held by the parishoners and prevailing public opinion at the time. In a sense, the chrous represents things that are stereotypical and not specific to one person.  This is reminiscent of a device that Shakespeare and Greek drama used in his plays to announce time passages and events of great importance- playwrights of earlier times would often utilize the chorus to make sure the play was understood and to reemphasize an important point.  Similarly, Eliot uses the chrous to relate to help the audience understand.

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