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What does the Greek chorus do?

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2012-09-10 20:02:07
2012-09-10 20:02:07

The Greek chorus was a group of approximately twelve actors who acted similar to modern narrators in Greek plays. They were integral to the plays and would sometimes have over half of the lines. Their job was to comment on the action in the play, either by speaking all together or by singing. They would dress similarly and wear masks.

The role of the Greek chorus was to provide time for scene changes, give the main actors a break and time to prepare for the next scene, offer background information and information about the main themes, to offer an insight into a character's thoughts and feelings, and just generally act as a go-between for the audience and the actors. Incidentally, battles and murders were not allowed to be performed in Greek theatres and so the chorus would tell the audience of such events instead of them being acted out.

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