Chapter

The Audience on Stage

Simon Goldhill

in Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932870 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796274.003.0002

Series: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

The Audience on Stage

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This chapter explores how Sophocles manipulates the resource of the three actors in Greek tragedy. It reveals how often he constructs the third actor as an audience to the debate of two other actors or the actor and the chorus. This silence is used to dramatize ethical doubt and thus to engage the audience in the theatre in the tragic questions of the drama.

Keywords: Sophocles; tragedy; audience; actors

Chapter.  9043 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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