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The Chorus plays a very important role in Greek tragedies by providing background information, commenting on the action of the play and revealing the psychological and emotional tenor of the action. In Oedipus Rex, the chorus is formed of Theban citizens who witness Oedipus’ tragedy. They are a link between the actors and the audience because they voice the emotions, anxieties and concerns of the people watching the tragedy.
A Corinthian Shepherd
An old man from Corinth, who brings the news of the Corinthian king’s death. He is also the man who had presented the infant Oedipus to the Corinthian ruler after he had been abandoned by the Theban shepherd.
A Theban Shepherd
Another old man who was a confidante of King Laius. He is the sole witness of Laius’ murder and also the one to hand over the infant Oedipus to the Corinthian Shepherd. Although both these shepherds are minor characters in the tragedy, they do play a major part in unraveling the mystery of Oedipus’ birth and Laius’ murder.
The two daughters of Oedipus
Antigone and Ismene make an appearance in the play although they are not assigned any dialogue.
A messenger, priests, and attendants
Other minor characters.
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