Comparing The Two Versions Of Antigone By Sophocles And Anouilh

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The two versions of Antigone by Sophocles and Anouilh vary greatly. The Greek Chorus in each play act differently depending on the writing style by the two poets. The chorus contains the performers in the plays that act out what is happening on stage. Sophocles’ version of Antigone has the chorus act more like a character in the play, offering advice, reacting to what is taking place, and seeming more as part of the play versus just a narrative. In Anouilh’s version, the chorus plays a more narrative role, describing what is taking place as if it were not part of the play. The chorus in this play offers a longer introduction that announces the characters and the events that will take place. Both of these plays offer different ways to portray a chorus. The differences between the two showcase how flexible the chorus can be in Greek theater.
The Greek Chorus is a collection of performers that act out as a voice in a play. The Greek Chorus was used to communicate to the audience what was taking place on stage. The old Greek theaters were so large that the movements the actors made had to be over the top and overly dramatic just to be seen. Any vocal communication made by the Chorus had to be loud and completely audible. The theaters were so large back during the Ancient Greek era that if the chorus members were not loud enough, the audience was not able to hear. The roles taken by choruses played as either the narrator or a collection of people in the play as a character…

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