They are eternally indifferent, innocent, and ready to serve..Messenger - Another typical figure of Greek drama who also appears in Sophocles' Antigone, the Messenger is a pale and solitary boy who bears the news of death.Nurse - A traditional figure in Greek drama, the Nurse is an addition to the Antigone legend.She introduces an everyday, maternal element into the play that heightens the strangeness of the tragic world.Eliot thereby projects her 'new Antigone' into the future as a precursor to Butler's 'aberrant, unprecedented' (82) Antigone figure.
In presenting the tragedy, the Chorus instructs the audience on proper spectatorship, reappearing at the tragedy's pivotal moments to comment on the action or the nature of tragedy itself.
Butler situates Antigone not at the threshold between family and politics but rather as a catachretic emblem of the inherent elision between the two.
Butler's claim, as I shall argue, parallels Eliot's emphasis on a 'new Antigone' p.
In the prologue, he casts a menacing shadow: as the Chorus notes, he remains apart from the others in his premonition of Haemon's death.
Eurydice - Creon's kind, knitting wife whose only function, as the Chorus declares, is to knit in her room until it is her time to die.