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In the Eyes of God In Greek tragedy the Chorus served a primary function in the play In the oldest plays the Chorus composed of up to fifty members They were the only people on stage and they didnt enact the play but told the story of it As time passed the size of the Chorus was reduced and actors were added In modern plays there is no separate Chorus A single character in the play serves the function of the Chorus providing background information and reacting to actions in the play from the viewpoint of the audience judging and interpreting what is going on In Angels in America Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner Joseph Porter Pitt acts as the Chorus He provides background information to the play and being part of almost every sequence in the play he reacts to what is going on Angels in America Millennium Approaches is set in the late Twentieth century in the Eighties In Josephs conversation with his wife Harper Amaty Pitt he describes the political and social background of the play America has rediscovered itself Its sacred position among the nations And people arent ashamed of that like they used to be This is a great thing The truth restored Law restored Thats what President Reagans done Harper He says Truth exists and can be spoken proudly And the country responds to him We become better More good 26 The function of the Chorus is to provide background information to the play and is what Joseph Pitt does He tells the audience that the play is set in President Reagans era when the United States begins acting as international police an enforcer of truth and law and the American people are proud For the play to be interpreted and judged the background must be described and a moral standard must be set Joseph described the background with his conversation with Harper and he sets moral standards
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