Alessandro de Souza Ferreira
March 7, 2014
Contemporary Greek Choruses
A Greek chorus is a group of twelve to fifteen people who remark on the dramatic action in a play. In Medea, written by Euripides in 431BC, the chorus is formed by a group of Corinthian women who lament the bad things that are occurring throughout the play. On the other hand, in the movie Legally Blonde directed by Robert Luketic in 2001, a group of girls that are part of a sorority called Delta Nu form the chorus, which supports the protagonist in her decisions by keeping her positive through all the film. Both of these choruses have similarities and differences that help in the ...view middle of the document...
The fact that men in society suppressed women could be the reason why the chorus does nothing to restrain Medea from achieving her plans, as they themselves are not satisfied with this conduct. Later on in the play, when Medea is about to kill her children, the chorus starts to pray to the gods for her to stop this horrible crime, specifically to Zeus, but this does not prevent her from attaining her tasks. Consequently, this again shows how the chorus cannot impede the protagonist from achieving her plans, and moreover, the chorus cannot modify the action of the play. Essentially, the function of the chorus is to highlight the domination of men in society.
Robert Luketic presents the spectator with a young beautiful blonde woman, Elle, who is president of a sorority, Delta Nu, at the University of California. Elle’s boyfriend, Wagner, decides to break up with her, as he believes she is not serious enough. After receiving the news, she is devastated and agrees to recover him by any means, so she decides that the best way to prove to him that she is thoughtful enough is to attend his university, Harvard. During her stay at Harvard, she realizes that Wagner is not the love of her life and moves on with her successful career with her new boyfriend and fiancé, Emmett. Since Wagner breaks up with Elle, the protagonist falls into a melancholy state for most of the film. However, her sorority sisters, Serena and Margot, keep lifting her mood up by staying positive every time they speak to her. For example, when Elle is about to take the LSAT to apply to Harvard, Margot gives a lucky amulet to her by saying:
“Margot: Here, you're going to need this.
Elle: Your scrunchie?
Margot: My lucky scrunchie. It helped me pass Spanish.
Serena: You passed Spanish because you gave Professor Montoya a lap dance after the final” (Legally Blonde).
This displays that Serena and Margot are always worried about Elle and that they support her positively in every aspect they are capable of. Later on, when Elle gets rejected by Wagner and his new girlfriend’s study group, she goes back to her dorm and calls the “chorus” to inform them that she is not having a good time at Harvard. They tell her to get Wagner back quickly so they can all be together again. This clearly enhances Elle’s mood to keep up the fight. Later in the film, Elle is the lawyer of the defendant in a trial that is about to start, and suddenly Serena and Margot enter saying:
“Serena: Elle, we came to see your trial and look! There's like a judge and everything... and jury people.
Margot: Vote for Elle!” (Legally Blonde).
Serena and Margot gave Elle their indefinite support in whatever decision she makes, making Elle smile, which reflects her happiness. Principally, the function of the chorus is to highlight the teaching of the film, which is to have faith in...