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Unformatted text preview: Oedipus. To contrast, Clytaemnestra does act with a certain coldness that was, sadly, likely a favored depiction of women in power during this time. In a way, I believe men resented a woman with authority, especially when she presumed the authority to operate as powerfully as a man of the time. I certainly agree with your assessment of the functions of the chorus, Alexa. The chorus was initially designed as a tool to narrate not only the actions taking place, but also to tell the audience, in a sense, how to feel about what is taking place. So, with the Leader in Oedipus, we tend to sympathize even more deeply with the fallen hero than if the role of the Leader had been removed. Additionally, we get a sense that Oedipus had initially earned the respect of his people, so with the end of the play, we feel at a great loss in great part due to the Leader....
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course THEATRE THE 3311 taught by Professor Kilgore during the Fall '11 term at University of Central Florida.
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