The chorus played a critical role in the Play Antigone. Not only did the chorus help out to bring the theme of the play but also provided insightful information about the cast of the play. It is through the chorus that the cast members are able to outline to the audience the truths about themselves. First, the chorus makes comments about Creon’s actions and informs us of all the unbiased views of some of the hypocritical species. It through the chorus that we are able to see Creon’s epiphany. For that it is not clear whether the chorus generally supports Creon or it supports Antigone. Therefore, this essay outlines how generally, the chorus was on the side of the of King Creon.
The chorus is a group of fifteen elderly men. Their main a purpose in the play is to make comments and enhance the suspense and emotions in the play while connecting the myths to the story told. From the story, they are the councilmen of Creon. Creon is a ruthless and heartless King that is making irrational decisions that go against the gods. They, therefore, counsel him to be more moderate when handling the cases especially, not to Kill Antigone. The Chorus also is responsible for advising the king that he should take the advice from Tiresias. Tiresias is a blind prophet. His prediction and prophecies result in the proper burial of the Polyneices. Tiresias is wise and has the ability to reason. The blind prophet tries to caution King Creon of his foolishness and how it will end up badly for hi. They inform him that the gods are Angry but he does not listen. When the prophet manages to finally warn him, it is too late and nothing can be done as Antigone has already killed herself.
From the way the events unfold, the chorus is clearly on the side of Creon. It is because they are advising based on his best interests. They are the elderly people that are informed. Therefore, they are advising the King to take the best option that will result in the best results for him. For instance, after the sentry reports to Creon that someone has managed to bury the body of the Polyneices after the proper burial, the King s furious. The Chorus sings about honoring the gods. From that, the chorus would like the King to honor the gods and let Polyneices remind buried as a sign of honor. That way he will not anger the gods or invite the problems that befall him later. From the pieces of advice that they offer him, it is clear that the chorus in his side.
When Creon starts out as a King he sets off a King that is out to help the common man. However, as he becomes more obsessed with the power he is corrupted with power, changes and becomes more ruthless. It is at this time that the Chorus comments and talks to him about power. The chorus advice Creon that a powerful man may control many things, even tame the wildest beasts, but will not be able to control death. It will come nonetheless. It through the chorus that the king also learns about love and how it is unconquerable.
At this point that the chorus advises him about actions to be taken about Antigone that the Chorus shifts their support. They offer an unbiased opinion but they are clearly trying to get the king not to go for the capital punishment for Antigone. They are against the idea as the impact the action will bring are unbearable consequences. When escorting Antigone to the Cave, the leader of the Chorus tries to plead with the king not to kill her. When Antigone is put in a cave, she commits suicide by hanging herself. Afterward, Haemon kills himself because of the pain of watching his loved one dead. His Mother Eurydice also kills herself because her son is dead. It is only through the chorus that the King, Creon is able to realize how bad he has become. The chorus song about death now makes sense to Creon. The chorus also makes the King of Thebes, Creon understand the God is superior to him and that took a lot of effort to shake him and to get him to change his mind.
Overall, the play was on the side of Creon. For the biggest part of the play, it was on the side of the king. Determining the side of the chorus is a bit as their main task was to offer unbiased and logical comments on the overall actions of the characters. The chorus can be seen that it is both critical and supportive of the two characters in equal measure. To determine the overall support of the Chorus the analysis focused on the end result that the chorus was pushing for. They were pushing for a result that would make sure the king does not Kill Antigone. This was the only time that they were on the side of Antigone.
The chorus criticizes the Theban Princes Antigone for her disrespect and doing what the law has forbid them to do. Polyneices had committed a crime and deserved to be punished. However, since Antigone had an uncontrolled passion she decides that she must bury Polyneices. The chorus generally is against her. However, the Chorus fails to criticize Creon for the bullying and the wrong decisions that he has been making throughout after finding out the actions of Antigone. The chorus also does not criticize the actions of the king and how treats the blind prophet, Haemon, and Eurydice. The chorus is more focused on advising the king to make sure that he makes the best decision that will result in the best outcome for him. Therefore, generally, the chorus shows a consistent support for the King and maintains a critical attitude towards Antigone. Therefore, the chorus overall is on the side of Creon because they show a consistent supportive attitude towards king Creon even after all the deaths that he caused.
Honig, B. (2013). Antigone, interrupted. Cambridge University Press.