Meaning Of The Adjective Dionysian

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The word Apollonian is an adjective that refers to the God Apollo of the Greek or Roman mythology. Apollo is the messenger Gods; the God of light, spring or youth, medicine and the art of music and also sometimes identified with the sun. He is a son of Zeus and one of the twelve main Gods. The adjective Apollonian was first used by the German philosopher F. W. J. Schelling and later by another German philosopher, F. Nietzsche, who explains it further in combination with the adjective Dionysian in his book “The Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music” in the year 1872. In most cases, the word Apollonian is capitalized, albeit being an adjective. Apollonian describes character qualities of reason, culture and intelligence in
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Dionysus is the God of wine, food, ecstasy, intoxication and joyous generosity and was sometime identified with the storm. He is the youngest of the sons of Zeus. The adjective Dionysian was first used by the German philosopher F. W. J. Schelling and later by F. Nietzsche in his book “The Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music” (see: Apollonian). In most cases, the word Dionysian is capitalized, albeit being an adjective. Dionysian describe the character qualities of frenzy and turbulence in the Greek mythology. The Dionysian qualities are those of nature, which makes them objective and ever expanding. Dionysian characters are acting on their basic, subconscious instincts, which are eating, drinking, sleeping and having sex. The Dionysian artist is always looking for new ways to express beauty through a form of passionate movement. Dionysian writing is about the reconciliation of nature and mankind, for the Dionysian character represents an urge for aestheticism as it can be found only in nature. It is either set in absolute wilderness or the rural countryside. Dionysian writing is highly passionate and sensual and also described as ‘romantic’ writing. One of the modern Dionysian writers was D. H. …show more content…
It describes the situation of a story when the audience has more knowledge about the character’s destiny than the character him- or herself has. This situation can be that a protagonist makes a statement, without knowing that his word will very soon have a negative effect on his life in any sort of way. For example, a character can boast about his wife not knowing he cheats on her, while the audience sees the wife at the other side of the stage, listening in on his words. It can also be a story well known by the audience, like it often is with Greek mythology, that has been told in oral tradition over several generations. In this case it is often portrayed by a speech the protagonist makes, that refers to an event that will soon happen to him and manifest his fate. The character does not know about his fate, the audience however knows it very well. This leads to an interaction between the view from the audience and the view from the protagonist on

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