2nd October 2019

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What is the role of Tiresias in Antigone?

A boy leads in Tiresias, the blind soothsayer of Thebes. Creon swears that he will obey whatever advice Tiresias gives him, since he owes so much to his past advice. Tiresias tells him that his refusal to bury Polynices and his punishment of Antigone for the burial will bring the curses of the gods down on Thebes.

Also asked, what is the role of the chorus in the play Antigone?

In Antigone the Chorus is made up of a group of old Theban men. The main functions of the Chorus are to comment on the action of the play, give back story, and to connect the play to other myths. Sophocles also uses the Chorus to expound upon the play's central themes.

How does the chorus feel about Polyneices?

The chorus reveals that Polyneices had picked a fight with Eteocles and had attacked the city of Thebes like an eagle, screaming and swooping down for its prey. They view Polyneices as being bloodthirsty and vengeful, and almost blinded to reason by his hatred (see lines 118, 130, 136-37).

What is the purpose and message of the parados?

A parados is part of a Greek tragedy in which the chorus enters for the first time and sings its first song. The chorus is a group of people who sing in unison songs that provide commentary and sometimes background information about the play. The chorus uses the parados to provide important information.
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