ON NOT MANAGING MOURNING: THE RETICENT CHORUS IN SOPHOCLES’ ANTIGONE

Rosa Andújar

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This paper discusses the reticence of the chorus in the Antigone’s two scenes of lyric dialogue which are cast as ritual laments (thrēnoi): the heroine’s interaction with the chorus in the fourth episode, before she marches off to her death, and the final kommos of Creon, when he laments the deaths of his son and wife. My discussion illustrates the manner in whichSophocles “manages”the choral response within the larger framework of ritual lament, by either gradually or straightforwardly silencing the expected lamentation of the chorus. In doing so, I contend that the dramatist produces moments of broken antiphony, in which the chorus either partially participates in or simply does not contribute to the lament of a character on stage. My exploration reveals the manner in which collective mourning rituals are able to break down on the Sophoclean stage, in particular focusing on the impact of the chorus’ refusal to respondand engage in the communal act of lament, whichultimately works to isolate further the play’s protagonists.


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Sophocles; Ancient Greece; Greek Tragedy

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Direitos autorais 2019 NEARCO - Revista Eletrônica de Antiguidade e Medievo

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