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Living and Partly Living The Chorus plays an important role in TS Eliots Murder in the Cathedral In order to help show what was happening throughout the book TS Eliot made the women of Canterbury the Chorus This gave him many advantages due to the fact that women at the time were looked down upon and disregarded as insignificant beings The character of the Chorus also changes changing the mood of the play Since women were disregarded as being insignificant a lot of things happened in front of them because the men knew that other people wouldnt listen to them since they were just women TS Eliot uses the choir to witness all that is happening We are forced to bear witness Chorus This gives him and advantage Since women were uneducated he portrays them as people who do not think and ponder things but merely repeat what they see and what they know without any of their own interjections They know and do not know Thomas TS Eliot also uses the chorus to help foreshadow events O Thomas Archbishop return return to France Return Quickly Quietly Leave us to perish in quiet You come with applause you come with rejoicing but you come bringing death into Canterbury a doom on the house a doom on yourself a doom on the world Chorus Here he uses the Chorus to foreshadow Thomass death TS Eliot also uses the women to help shift the mood of the play At the opening of Part I the women give off a sense of fright and danger Here let us stand close by the cathedral Here let us wait Are we drawn by danger Is it the knowledge of safety that draws our feet towards the cathedral Chorus Again at the end of Part I the women reaffirm their fright but now a new terror has soiled us which none
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