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The chorus, a group of common people who follow the actions of the play

Antigone, waver in their support of either Antigone or Creon, depending on

their actions during a particular part of the story-line. Early in the

play it is evident that they are extremely pro-Creon, but a short time

later they seem to sway into the direction of Antigone and support her

actions. This incongruency about the them, however, was an extremely

interesting feature of this Sophocles drama, causing the reader to

question the reliability of the chorus.

The opening

lines from the chorus merely inform the reader about the war which had

just taken place between Thebes and Argos. Their last lines of this

opening choral passage, however, introduced king Creon, making him seem

quite noble yet mysterious to his loyal subjects. They state such

questions as: "what new plan will he launch?" and "Why this sudden call

to the old men summoned at one command?" (Lines 175-178) These lines are

utilized by Sophocles as a suspenseful introduction to Creon's orders

concerning the body of Polynices.

The chorus's next appearance blatantly

shows their biased attitudes against Antigone and her exiled father

Oedipus. At this point they still sing praise for King Creon and his

unwavering decisions concerning the law which was placed upon the city

regarding the body of Polynices: "When he weaves in the laws of the land,

and the justice of the gods that binds his oaths together, he and his

city rise high--but the city casts out that man who weds himself to

inhumanity thanks to reckless daring. Never share my hearth never think

my thoughts, whoever does such things." (Lines 409-416) In my opinion

the man laying down the law here is Creon and Antigone is the...