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  • The Bacchae: Play Analysis

    human mother 's family rules. His mother’s nephew, named Pentheus, is the King of Thebes. Dionysus comes back, with a plot for revenges brewing. The royal family in Thebes refuses to acknowledge Dionysus as a God, and do not make the proper offerings to him. In a plot of revenge justified with the wrath of a God scorned, Dionysus drives all the women of the city of Thebes insane, and they up and leave everything, even their young children, and go off into the hills.In the hills, they perform dances and rites in proper worship of Dionysus and live as though they are insane, not thinking of returning to what they left behind. They live in tune with nature as well, living with wolf-cubs and gazelles and holding on their garments with living snakes (Roche, 101). Pentheus thinks that this is terrible, and has the wrong impression of the nature of the worship and rites performed, thinking them to be more perverse than they truly are (Roche, 80, 86). Pentheus wants to put a stop to it all, with Dionysus going unrecognized as a God, and have all of the women return to their minds and their homes. In the end, Dionysus drives Pentheus insane, convinces him to dress as a woman and sneak out to where the women are worshipping him (Roche, 108) . When Pentheus in his guise does go to spy on the women, Dionysus makes Pentheus appear as a lion to the women, and they kill him by tearing him apart with their bare hands (Roche, 112-113) . Pentheus’ own mother, Agave helps murder him, and after…

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  • Similarities Between Pentheus And The Bacchants By Euripides

    King Pentheus is one of two main characters in “The Bacchants” the other being the god Dionysus. Upon the beginning of the play Pentheus is immediately established as a clever man, but an arrogant one and one who cares only for himself. When he learns of the stranger preaching Dionysus’s doctrine and that the prophet Tiresias supports Dionysus’s ascendancy to godhood, he scoffs at him saying “ It is he that says Dionysus is a god and was once sewn up in the thigh of Zeus-the child that was…

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  • Freudian Analysis Of Euripides's The Bacchae

    civilization relates to individuality through a Freudian analysis of The Bacchae. To do this, we must first analyze the roles of Pentheus and Dionysus given Euripides’ specific characterizations of them. Then we will perform an analysis upon Dionysus’s character evolution then move onto doing the same for Pentheus. Afterwards, we must analyze…

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  • External Forces In Bacchae

    characteristics of Pentheus and the Maenads women, particularly Pentheus’ mother Agave. The inexperienced king, Pentheus, has the tragic flaw of having overconfidence when attempting to understand the situation or problem in front of him. He represents the extreme side of nomos and does not wish to change tradition. Pentheus attempts to control the uncontrollable,…

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  • Socrates Persuasive Speech

    Socrates: Let me pose a situation to you, Pentheus; imagine there are people in a cave. These people have been there since childhood, with their bodies shackled so that they can only see that which is right in front of them. They are unable to turn their heads, and know no world except that which is in front of them. Pentheus: I can imagine this, of course. Socrates: Now imagine that there is a fire roaring behind them, and that this fire casts a light onto the wall of the cave in front of them.…

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  • Sex Roles And Reversals In Euripides's The Bacchae

    The Destruction of Pentheus In Euripides’ “The Bacchae,” Dionysus, disguised as a man, goes out to Thebes to assert his rights and gain respect from those who do not acknowledge him as a god. He encounters Pentheus, king of Thebes, still in an adolescent stage and fearful of femininity, something that Dionysus’ worship revolves around. In The Menace of Dionysus: Sex Roles and Reversals in Euripides’ Bacchae, Charles Segal explains why men were so fearful of the out of control woman and how that…

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  • The Duality Of Madness In Euripides's The Bacchae

    “[humiliating] him [Pentheus], outrage for outrage” (616). The madness in the text is similarly multi-faceted. Throughout the text, it is made clear that madness is merciless, affecting both sides of the playing field: Pentheus, a non-believer, and Agave and her sisters, unwilling believers, are both mad but in drastically different ways. Of the two different versions of madness present, however, that of the Theban women turned Bacchants is the most tangible. The Theban Bacchants exhibit their…

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  • Why Did Dionysus Take Revenge

    Thus did the god Dionysus take revenge on one who had scoffed at his sacred rites. Though the story of Pentheus seemed to come to an end, the story of Pentheus and the people of Thebes had only just begun. When Dionysus had turned the image of Pentheus to a mountain lion, the creature had acquired the ability to grow; as Dionysus had once taught the people to grow the vine. From each limb Agave and the followers of Dionysus had wretched, grew a mountain lion. One for Pentheus’ torso, tail,…

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  • Faustus In The Bacchae

    I am extending this letter with the intention to let you know some comments regarding the character of Faustus in the play. I tried to discuss with the actor about the transition from playing Pentheus in The Bacchae, but he would not listen because in his opinion the two are "the same guy". It is true that the characters and the situations in which they find themselves are similar, but the idea of playing Faustus with the essence of Pentheus could cause a conflict in the theatrical…

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  • Interpreting Pyrrha In Ovid's Metamorphoses

    Texts can be interpreted in many different ways. Being able to understand a reading is key in filling yourself with knowledge. In Ovid's collection of stories, Metamorphoses, different readers misconstrue what they are told, while others understand the true meaning of what is said to them. Pentheus is an eisegetic reader which means he interprets a text by forcing his own ideas upon it. Pyrrha is a literal reader which means she can only see one meaning and can not recognize symbols or…

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