The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) observed that tragedy's primary purpose was to induce a catharsis, or emotional purging or cleansing.
Which lines from the play were meant to induce a catharsis through invocation of pity and fear?
LEADER: That will come when it comes; we must deal with all that lies before us. The future rests with the ones who tend the future.
CREON: Wailing wreck of a man, whom to look to? where to lean for support? (Desperately turning from HAEMON to EURYDICE on their biers)
CHORUS: Wisdom is by far the greatest part of joy, and reverence toward the gods must be safeguarded. The mighty words of the proud are paid in full with mighty blows of fate, and at long last those blows will teach us wisdom.
MESSENGER: I'm alarmed too but here's hope — faced with her son's death, she finds it unbecoming to mourn in public.
EURYDICE: I was just loosing the bolts, opening doors, when a voice filled with sorrow, family sorrow, struck my ears, and I fell back, terrified, into the women's arms — everything went black.