What moral does the Chorus express about the life and downfall of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex?

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We can draw a grim moral from the chorus, which opens with anxiety about the plague and ends with the thought:

count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last

Life, the chorus says, is a sad affair. We humans can't control our fates, which means we are helpless to avert our own or others' suffering.

Greek choruses amplified and reinforced major ideas in a play, as song numbers do in a Broadway musical. The chorus in Oedipus Rex amplifies the theme that it was hubris or pride on the part of Oedipus to imagine he could avoid his tragic destiny. It is an illusion, at any point...

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