Structure - Parodos The entrance of the chorus usually...

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Structure Classical tragedies were composed within a definite structural framework although there  are occasional minor variations in some plays. These structural divisions are noted in  the summaries of the plays in these Notes, but it should be remembered that such  notation is artificial and is inserted only for illustrative purposes since Greek tragedy was  performed without intermissions or breaks. The following are the main elements of a typical tragedy: Prologue . The opening scene, in which the background of the story is established,  usually by a single actor or in a dialogue between two actors.
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Unformatted text preview: Parodos . The entrance of the chorus, usually chanting a lyric that bears some relation to the main theme of the play. Episode . The counterpart of the modern act or scene, in which the plot is developed through action and dialogue between the actors, with the chorus sometimes playing a minor role. Stasimon . The choral ode. A stasimon comes at the end of each episode so that the tragedy is a measured alternation between these two elements. Exodos . The final action after the last stasimon, ended by the ceremonial exit of all the players...
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