Role Of Chorus In Oedipus Rex

What is the role of the chorus in Oedipus Rex?

The role of the chorus in Oedipus Rex is to speak for the society in general. The chorus comments on the actions of the play's characters and provides a broad look at the story.

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Like the chorus in many Greek tragedies, the chorus in Oedipus Rex represents the voice of the greater society. The elders of the chorus are considered to represent men of Thebes who honor and respect the king and the gods. Their odes show both knowledge of religious culture as well as strong loyalty to the king. The chorus' role is to provide a broader context for the action of the play as a whole: the chorus has the ability to pass judgment on the actions of the other characters, & comment on the morality of such.

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