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THE ROLE OF THE CHORUS IN T.S.ELIOT’S "MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL"
Research Scholar, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
In this paper, I analyze the role of chorus in TS Eliot’s verse drama
Murder in the Cathedral(1935). The chorus, which acts as a mouthpiece of
Eliot, creates a distancing effect , gives the spectators a lens through which they can find a reflection of themselves as a stranger , a watcher and as a critic. The chorus which had undergone a renewal in the twentieth century
,portraying a sense of resurgence in theater broke with the chimera of naturalism of late nineteenth century in drama.
Revised on: 05/04/2015
Accepted on: 08/04/2015
Keywords: Chorus , verse drama , objective correlative , murder , dramatist
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T .S.Eliot is one of the most distinguished poets of twentieth century literature. He got great acclaim for his poem- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), considered as one of the masterpieces produced by him. He wrote some of the greatest and best-known poems namely, The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men
(1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), and Four Quartets (1945). He was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in
1948, for his impeccable contribution in the field of literature.
Born in 1888 into a Boston Brahmin family with roots in England and New England, Eliot’s preoccupation with literature started at an early age with his readings of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer(1876).From the year 1898 to 1905, Eliot studied in the Smith Academy, where he studied Latin,
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