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Matthew Fende November 29, 2007 CAMS45, Section 8 Paper #3 The Chorus in Athenian Tragedy The chorus can arguably be described as the defining aspect of the Athenian tragedy. They have no set rules to abide by. It was there to be molded and utilized as the author saw fit. It functioned as a narrator and commentator, a character in the story, like a spectator with the audience and helped guide the audience in its emotions, and sometimes the voice of reason, among many other functions. The chorus within the tragedy Antigone, which is made up of the elders of Thebes, acts as the narrator and commentator of the play. Throughout the story the chorus frequently interjects and explains parts of the story or adds a comment on what is happening in the progress of the story to connect scenes. For example, starting on line 806, Antigone and the chorus of elders speak directly to one another in conversation about what she has done, and what will happen, and why. At the beginning
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