Oedipus The King And Lysistrata Essay

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In classical Greek theater, choruses played an important role in advancing the plot, and shedding light to some of the themes prevalent in the play. Consisting of 12-50 (typically) homogenous characters, the chorus could dance, sing, or speak their lines in unison to create a collective comment on the drama that’s taking place. While the classical structure of a Greek chorus is used in many of the ancient Greek plays, a play could highlight or emphasize certain themes in a play by changing the typical structure of the chorus. When comparing the choruses of two classical Greek plays—Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Lysistrata by Aristophanes—one can grasp how the function of a chorus could vary from play to play, and can also vary depending on the themes prevalent in that play. In Sophocles’ Oeidpus the King, the chorus is presented in a fashion that seems more typical to our contemporary audience. While the play itself does not specify how large the chorus is, one can imagine that it would be fairly large considering it is supposed to be comprised of Theban citizens. Additionally, the chorus itself always acts in one, homogenous group—when the chorus talks, it seems as though they speak in unison (the chorus leader excepted). Additionally, the chorus seems to have a function that…show more content…
Rather than being presented in a single, homogenous unit, the chorus is comprised of two separate and distinct choruses—one chorus that represents the women, and one that represents the men. In having two choruses in this play—one for the men and one for the women—the choruses emphasize the oppositional energies of the men and women in the play. This sense of opposition and competition between the men and women of the chorus is exemplified in the scene in which the leaders of the male and female choruses try to sabotage each other with fire and

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