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The chorus plays an extensive, distinctive, and powerful role in the Antigone; it may seem ill-advised, therefore, to base an overall interpretation of Sophokles' use of the chorus on a discussion of this one play. Interpreters frequently remark on the unusual blending of actors and chorus in the Philoktetes. Gardiner describes the chorus as a character occupying a middle ground between Odysseus and Neoptolemos and argues that it is there to bring out important characteristics of the principal actors. The value of choral song depends both on its participation in a sequence of performative events and on the effectiveness of a performance in the moment. The ambiguous sincerity of the antistrophe complicates for the audience the question posed by the strophe of how much trust it can place in the chorus' song.

Keywords: Antigone; chorus; Gardiner; Neoptolemos; Odysseus; Philoktetes



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