Greek chorus

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  • Greek Chorus in History

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    THE GREEK CHORUS' SMALL PLACE IN HISTORY The history of the Greek Chorus can be traced back to a relatively small time period; from the original Dithyrambs, to Thespis' small, but revolutionizing changes to the system, to Aeschylus' triple entente of tragedies The Oresteia, which included the infamous Agamemnon. To truly understand the Greek Chorus, and what role it was meant to play when it was created and thereafter altered, one has to go back to the beginning of time…which in this case happens

  • The Chorus In Greek Theatre

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    Greek tragedies have many notable characteristics, one of which is the chorus. Choral performances were the first primitive form of Greek theater. In these performances, around 50 men would dance, and sing dithyrambs that honored Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy. Towards 6 A.D., these performances began to evolve. Thespis’ interaction with the chorus is what makes him the first man to be widely regarded as an actor. Throughout the course of the drama, Thespis would talk to the choragus (the

  • Essay on The Role of the Chorus in Ancient Greek Tragedies

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    force of vengeance links the chorus to each of the play’s protagonists. For both plays, the choruses begin with a strong support of their heroes with a belief that the course of action that those characters are pursuing for the sake of avenging the wrongs done to them or their families is just and right. The chorus of Medea, however, moves away from that original conviction in the moral justification of revenge. Over the course of The Libation Bearers, the chorus also begins to express doubt in

  • Chorus In Medea

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    the Euripides play Medea is the chorus. This means I speak along with 3 others as a part of the chorus. This is a feature of Greek theatre and is used in all forms of it. The chorus in Greek theatre is used to represent the feelings of the society that surrounds the character in the play and offers an opinion that may relate to the thoughts of the audience. Traditionally in Greek theatre there are between 5 and 50 members of the chorus (all male). The chorus in Greek theatre also traditionally did

  • Greek And Modern Theatre In Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

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    theatre between when it was written, circa 441 b.c.e, and now. Ancient Greek theatre is obviously very different from the theatre we perform today in many respects. Particularly, there were many performance elements that were very different and deemed unacceptable, such as female actors, within ancient Greek theatre; I would be fascinated to see how modern day adaptations went with the production. Additionally, the use of the chorus shows a need for less nuance than the theatre we use today, with a lot

  • Sophocles ' Greek Tragedy And The Chorus

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    Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, has a voice beyond the main characters. The chorus plays a major roll in this tragedy. In Greek plays, there were a select few main characters and the chorus was the rest of the cast. (INSERT). To completely understand the tragedy, it is important for the read to read the whole play including the chorus. The chorus is valuable to the play with their knowledge and cultural awareness of the time. Not only did the chorus provide extensive context, but also their

  • Ancient Greek : The Foundation Of Theatre In Ancient Greece

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    Ancient Greece created the foundation of theatre that has grown to what is known today. In the sixth century when theatre became popular, there was the discovery of the tragedy, comedy, and a satire play called a satyr play. The plays were put on in festivals to celebrate the god Dionysus, the god of wine. Elements such as costumes and masks that were used in worship rituals to the gods influenced their costuming for the shows. There were three innovative playwrights Aeschylus, Aristophanes, and

  • Sophocles ' The Golden Age

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    was to become one of the great playwrights of the golden age. Sophocles was the son of Laius and Jocasta, both wealthy in the city that Sophocles grew up in. Luckily, He was the son of a wealthy merchant, he would enjoy all the perks of a successful Greek empire. Sophocles was provided with the best education which would help him in many ways in the future of his life. He studied the arts. By sixteen, he was already known around the city for his contribution to lead a choir of boys at a celebration

  • The Function Of The Tragic Greek Chorus

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    In “The Function of the Tragic Greek Chorus & Theatre,” Albert Weiner, who is known for editing Hamlet: The First Quarto, 1603, explains that the Chorus in Greek drama was a troupe of actors who described and commented on the main action of the play through song, dance and recitation (205). Weiner goes on to explain that Greek tragedy began with choral performances dating back to the 5th century B.C. (205). In Weiner’s article, he pulls a quote from Chapter 18 of Aristotle’s Poetics, where Aristotle

  • Fate And Inevitability In Julius Caesar By George Millar

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    his view on the events of the play, this is a Greek Chorus. A Greek Chorus is a narrator that is always on the stage and their views shaped the audiences. Being a Greek Chorus means that this is a Greek Tragedy, Millar uses this and Alfieri to enforce the idea in the play that the inevitable is going to happen despite the audience not knowing what. This is also implied when mentioning Caesar as some may remember him as a tragic hero. A chorus in a Greek Tragedy comments on the play but is unable to