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In the Antigone the assumptions that the actors make about their ability to shape the course of events are implicitly questioned by the chorus, whose song and dance evoke an order that is not shaped by human choices. From the audience's perspective, actors and chorus together form a whole which, however difficult to hold together conceptually, imaginatively or emotionally, creates a sense of the full potential for human participation in the course of events. The Philoktetes offers no such completeness. The tight structure of Sophoklean drama creates out of the worlds of chorus and actors a coherent whole, even when communication of and between different perspectives is severely compromised, as in the Philoktetes.

Keywords: Antigone; chorus; Philoktetes; Sophoklean drama



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