Comparing Today's Media and the Chorus of Sophocles' play, Antigone
When you think of ancient Greece, what do you think of? Do you think of outrageous myths and impossible art? Do you think ancient Greek culture has absolutely no effect on today? What many people don't realize is that the ancient Greeks have immensely affected the world today. The chorus in Sophocles' play, Antigone greatly relates to Daniel McGinn's article, "Guilt Free TV." Antigone is a girl who wants to obey the gods and give her deceased brother a proper burial even though her uncle, Creon, King of Thebes, forbids it by law. The article and the play may seem very different but the media today is very similar to the chorus of the ancient Greek play, Antigone in many ways by informing, interpreting and making connections to today.
Just as Newsweek, a form of media today informs the public about whether TV is good or bad for children, the chorus informs the audience about the play, Antigone. In the play, the chorus narrates the play and tells the audience what's happening. "These two only, brothers in blood, face to face in matchless rage, mirroring each the other's death, clashed in long combat" (Sophocles 314). The chorus gives background information such as this to better understand the plot of the play. The chorus is like a reporter on the news or a writer of this article. The chorus in Antigone interacts with the characters by asking questions just as a journalist would do in an article or interview. "But now at last our new King is coming: Creon of Thebes, Menoikeus son. In this auspicious dawn of his reign what are the new complexities that shifting Fate has woven for him? What is his counsel? Why has he summoned the old men to hear him?" (Sophocles 314). This gives the audience a better feel for the play. Today, Daniel McGinn, the author of "Guilt Free TV" asks other people such as experts and everyday citizens for their opinions on the topic. "They learn so much [Colleen] Breitbord says. (I think children who don't have the opportunity to watch some of this excellent programming miss out" (McGinn 57). This shows what other everyday people, just like the reader, think about their children and TV. The argument goes on over whether TV is good or bad and thanks to the media, like Newsweek, it gives background information on the situation, "in the beginning, there was Big Bird. Now, thanks to intense competition from Disney and Nick, there are more quality shows for preschoolers than ever" (McGinn 53). The article brings the reader up to date about both sides of the TV argument for a better understanding. The article is a way to inform the public about whether TV has good or bad effects on children while at the same time, the chorus is a way to inform the audience about Antigone.
The chorus plays a vital role in interpreting what occurs throughout the play, just as the media plays a vital role in interpreting whether TV is good or bad. Reporters...