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In Oedipus the King Sophocles utilizes the chorus to function as the embodiment of the reasoning process Throughout the play the chorus personality gradually evolves as information pertaining to Oedipus becomes disclosed The progression of the chorus personality can be divided into three distinct stages supportive and reliant on Oedipus uncertain about the circumstances presented against Oedipus and commiserating Oedipus fall In each stage the chorus serves a background to all interactions and provides the prospective Sophocles desires the audience or readers to grasp The chorus also creates a sense of unity and cohesiveness which pervades the entire play The chorus evolving personality reflects the progressive revelation of Oedipus tragic fate At the beginning of the play the chorus personality is unaffected by Oedipus fate and shows full confidence in Oedipus abilities as a leader The chorus views Oedipus as their savior the one who is to rid the pollution suffocating Thebes by killing the murder of Laius The chorus reveals what they believe Oedipus is capable of by saying if hemurders of Laius has a share of fear at all his courage will not stand firm hearing your curse pg 22 line 294 The chorus support is absolutely unanimous and unquestionable Even when Teiresias a man with the gift of prophecy reveals Oedipus fate to the chorus the personality of the chorus remains static and it professes One man may pass another in wisdom but I would never agree with those that find fault with the king till I should see the word proved right beyond doubt pg 32 line 508 The chorus belief in Oedipus exceeds even fate In fact the chorus faith in Oedipus initially overshadows his numerous character flaws As a result of Oedipus rash temperament the chorus often finds itself in a position where it must defend Oedipus actions For instance when Oedipus grows suspicious of Creon and speaks ill of him to Teiresias the chorus
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