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Chorus The chorus symbolizes two distinct features of Greek society First it represents the prevailing tide of public opinion At first the chorus rejects Antigones belief in divine justice over state justice but by the end of the play especially after being advised by Teiresias the chorus changes positions and sides with Antigone Secondly sometimes the chorus seems to reveal the inner thoughts of Creon other times it reveals Antigones logic Also the chorus is best able to state the views of the author Sophocles Toward the end of the play when the chorus attacks arrogance Sophocles himself comes very close to speaking to Athens citing its arrogance as cause for potential problems The birdsravines Teiresias cites the flesh-eating birds as signs that the gods wrath is upon Thebes Sightings of ravens and other birds were deeply significant in Greek culture usually this was a sign from the gods often the foreshadowing of tragedy Quotes 1 Ismene hoping to dissuade her sister Im just not made to war against the state pg194 2 Antigone defending her decision I go to bury himHow beautiful to die in such pursuit To rest loved by him whom I have lobed sinner of a holy sin with longer time to charm the dead than those who live for I shall abide forever there So go and please your fantasy and call it wicked what the gods call good pg 194 3 Chorus here siding with Creon God and the government ordain just laws the citizen who rules his life by them is worthy of acclaim But he that presumes to set the law at naught is like a stateless person outlawed beyond the pale 4 Antigone speaking to Creon I never thought your mortal edicts had such force they nullified the laws of heaven which unwritten not proclaimed can boast a currency that everlastingly is valid an origin beyond the birth of man pg 210 5 Chorus highlighting the
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