Short Answers of Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

What does the chorus comprise of in the “Murder in the Cathedral”?

The chorus comprise of Canterbury’s poor, common and plain women. These women are catholic and respect the Archbishop in the “Murder in The Cathedral”.

What does the chorus claim is their purpose in the action of the play?

In the play “Murder in the Cathedral” the major purpose of the chorus here to develop the action of the play. Chorus also witness the events, indicates the fore coming events, play initiated and ended by chorus and functions as critic and reformer.

In what ways is the play “Murder in The Cathedral” pessimistic and optimistic?

“Murder in the Cathedral” is a Christian play in which Thomas Becket murdered but secured the spiritual path for those who will come after him. Here Becket’s thought is optimistic.
It is pessimistic because Eliot depicts the life of suffering through the chorus’ pessimistic speeches, life of Becket, life of Canterbury’s women and the speeches of priests.

Who is singing in the play ‘Murder in The Cathedral’ when it opens?

Canterbury’s poor, common and plain women in the shape of chorus singing in the play “Murder in The Cathedral” when it opens.

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