Comparing Today's Media and the Chorus of Sophocles' play, Antigone

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Comparing Today's Media and the Chorus of Sophocles' play, Antigone

When you think of ancient Greece, what do you think of? Do you think of outrageous myths and impossible art? Do you think ancient Greek culture has absolutely no effect on today? What many people don't realize is that the ancient Greeks have immensely affected the world today. The chorus in Sophocles' play, Antigone greatly relates to Daniel McGinn's article, "Guilt Free TV." Antigone is a girl who wants to obey the gods and give her deceased brother a proper burial even though her uncle, Creon, King of Thebes, forbids it by law. The article and the play may seem very different but the media today is very similar to the chorus of the ancient Greek play, Antigone
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"They learn so much [Colleen] Breitbord says. (I think children who don't have the opportunity to watch some of this excellent programming miss out" (McGinn 57). This shows what other everyday people, just like the reader, think about their children and TV. The argument goes on over whether TV is good or bad and thanks to the media, like Newsweek, it gives background information on the situation, "in the beginning, there was Big Bird. Now, thanks to intense competition from Disney and Nick, there are more quality shows for preschoolers than ever" (McGinn 53). The article brings the reader up to date about both sides of the TV argument for a better understanding. The article is a way to inform the public about whether TV has good or bad effects on children while at the same time, the chorus is a way to inform the audience about Antigone.

The chorus plays a vital role in interpreting what occurs throughout the play, just as the media plays a vital role in interpreting whether TV is good or bad. Reporters can be nosy and sometimes rude. At the same time, so can the chorus. "Do you really intend to steal this girl from your son?" (Sophocles 324). He's just saying it as if it is and laying out the facts, even though it may seem harsh. This makes it easier for the audience to better appreciate the play. The chorus says, "But the ancient wisdom speaks for our own

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