Antigone: Changing Views Of The Chorus



The chorus, a group of common people who follow the actions of the play
Antigone, waver in their support of either Antigone or Creon, depending on their
actions during a particular part of the story-line. Early in the play it is
evident that they are extremely pro-Creon, but a short time later they seem to
sway into the direction of Antigone and support her actions. This incongruency
about the them, however, was an extremely interesting feature of this Sophocles
drama, causing the reader to question the reliability of the chorus.


The opening lines from the chorus merely inform the reader about the war
which had just taken place between Thebes and Argos. Their last lines of ...

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At this point they still sing
praise for King Creon and his unwavering decisions concerning the law which was
placed upon the city regarding the body of Polynices: “When he weaves in the
laws of the land, and the justice of the gods that binds his oaths together, he
and his city rise high--but the city casts out that man who weds himself to
inhumanity thanks to reckless daring. Never share my hearth never think my
thoughts, whoever does such things.” (Lines 409-416) In my opinion the man
laying down the law here is Creon and Antigone is the “man” wedding herself to
inhumanity.
The next major choral address is a turning point regarding their
attitude towards Antigone. At this point they are actually feeling pity
towards the rebellious young woman: “But now, even I'd rebel against the king.
I'd break all bounds when I see this-- I fill with tears, can't hold them back
not any more. . . I see Antigone make her way to the bridal vault where all are
laid to rest.” (Lines 895-899) ...

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