Objective: The play opens with the Chorus of the Women of Canterbury speaking of an as yet unknown event they will be forced to witness, but not act on. The lives of these women are described as monotonous, dull and full of little meaning. For the rest of the play, these women will be unwillingly thrown into the intrigue of the events of the play, yet cannot interfere with the action. The objective of this lesson will deal with the entity of the Chorus and its characteristics of passivity and helplessness that juxtapose its role in narrating and guiding the play.
1. For class discussion: Why did T.S. Eliot choose to make the Chorus a group of lower-class women? The Chorus features the only women characters in the play. How does this idea fit in with the historic aspect of the setting? Discuss not only the women's...
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