Chorus

The chorus has a central function in relation to the structure of the play Oedipus The King by Sophocles.  The choral songs separate the individual episodes from one another. The chorus is given an important role within the drama. They do not comment on the events as an outsider and from a high vantage point. Instead, they are involved in the action

The chorus, like Oedipus himself, is still subject to appearances at the beginning. They, too, discover the truth only bit by bit. The limited horizon of the chorus shows itself above all in its false judgments and hasty conclusions. Only at the end does the chorus understand the actual circumstances of Oedipus' past: 

Time, which watches everything and uncovered you against your will, now sits in judgment of that fatal marriage, where child and parent have been joined so long. O child of Laius, how I wish I’d never seen you—now I wail. (1452-1457) 

However, the chorus also presents fundamental theological views, for example, when it draws conclusions for human existence: "So while we wait to see that final day, we cannot call a mortal being happy before he’s passed beyond life free from pain." (1812-1814). 

The chorus is always invo...

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