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Both Tom in A Glass Menagerie and the chorus in Oedipus the King play a pivotal role in leading the stories through suggestive influences The Chorus is a subtle feature grounded in the back while Tom is seen taking an active and passive part in the playThe Chorus plays a leading role in Oedipus the King and portrays important parts of the main plot In the beginning the Chorus portrays the horrors of the plague and tells of the message of the oracle of Delphi The oracle states Mate with his own mother and shed With his own hands the blood of his own sireThe mood on stage is also set in various instances by the Chorus such as their role as peace makers and their reflection on the dominant mood and aid in deepening the mood Subtle messages that can also be interpreted as moral lessons are also delivered by the Chorus such as the message that all of mans generations finally add up to nothing This is not just a depressing undertone but rather displays the greatness of the human spirit along with the transitory nature of human happiness and mans insignificance The Chorus has also been featured in the dialogues as well such as when Oedipus consults the Chorus about ending plague in the city Although the Chorus plays no direct part in the events of the story but their role through subtle guidance cannot be overruled either For example Oedipus is asked the riddle of the Sphinx What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning two legs at noon and three in the eveningThe Chorus do not provide a direct answer to Oedipus for this riddle but provide him subtle clues as to the riddles answer which is man who crawls on all fours as an infant and walks on two legs as an adult and uses a walking stick when old Based on these examples
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