Note: Although they pipe up only once in a while, the Chorus is present throughout the play as an observer.
At the start of Oedipus the King, the Chorus, using the Strophe-Antistrophe dichotomy, recounts the multiple problems the city faces under the curse including infertility, plague, and famine. They beg for help.
The Chorus informs Oedipus that they know nothing and suggests that Oedipus ask the blind prophet Teiresias for his knowledge.
The Chorus tells Oedipus and Creon to stop arguing.
After Oedipus and Creon leave, the Chorus talks about their fight.
Jocasta and the Chorus urge Oedipus to listen to Creon when he says he did not frame Oedipus for the murder of Laius.
The Chorus pleads with the Gods for mercy as Oedipus’s identity unfolds.
After Oedipus pieces things together and realizes what he’s done, the Chorus laments the tragedy.
Oedipus asks the Chorus to help send him out of Thebes or kill him.