Antigone: the Choragus's Perspective

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The Choragus’s Effectiveness in “Antigone” By Deja Richards Sometimes, the people we know for just a season may play the biggest roles in our lives. The Choragus in the play “Antigone” by Sophocles is a great example of someone who impacts the decisions of others. Without the Choragus, much of the story’s conflicting moments would be lost or never solved. He really helped me see a different side of Creon, and also gave Creon a chance to change and grow as a character. The Choragus’s unbiased suggestions and wise tactics added dramatic irony to the story. If the Choragus was not a character in the plot, I feel that the dramatic irony would have been less effective. Along with the chorus, the Choragus is like a sports commentator: he describes events and is an expert of a certain topic. The Choragus adds dramatic irony because he reveals information that helps the audience understand a few situations between other characters. He also ties loose ends. For example, in the Parodos on pages 1072-1073, the Choragus helps explain the background of the fight between Polyneices and Eteocles, which explains why some characters acted a certain way. From this information, I was able to foreshadow upcoming events. In lines 21-26, The Choragus declares, “For God hates utterly the bray of bragging tongue’s; and when he beheld their smiling, their swagger of golden helms, the frown of his thunder blasted their first man from our walls” (1073). In my opinion, dramatic irony was added because Creon is slightly arrogant character. I predicted that he would be disappointed in him and that he will get what he deserves for being so evil to the people of his country. Another example is when Creon finds out that Antigone disobeyed his law. King Creon got so angry when the Choragus said, “I have been wondering, King: can it be that the gods have done this” (1077). The Choragus provides

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