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 this ...

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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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