An analysis of characters in the bacchae by euripides

Read an in-depth analysis of Pentheus. Unusually for a Greek drama, the protagonist, Dionysusis himself a god, and a god who is by his very nature contradictory: They exit to Cithaeron.

He says it would be better first to spy on them, while disguised as a female Maenad to avoid detection. While she still carries her unborn child, she prays to see Zeus in all his splendor.

She proudly displays it to her father, Cadmus, and is confused when he does not delight in her trophy, but is horrified by it. Pentheus questions him, both skeptical of and fascinated by the Dionysian rites.

Changes of scene are suggested by lighting and banners after the manner of the Royal Shakespeare Company 's productions of Shakespeare 's histories.

The Bacchae Characters

He has also driven the women of Thebes, including his aunts, into an ecstatic frenzy, sending them dancing and hunting on Mount Cithaeronmuch to the horror of their families.

Cadmus is the only one in his family to declare allegiance to Dionysus. He calls for Cadmus, the founder and former king of Thebes. Read an in-depth analysis of Dionysus.

Pentheus, enraged when some of his people turn to the new religion, imprisons all women who are seen carrying bacchic symbols such as wine, an ivy crown, or a staff. In the end, everyone loses because balance was not maintained but shaded into fanaticism on both sides.

The Theban maidens, he says, are exalted and purified by the bacchic ecstasies. Dionysus finally appears in his true form, and sends Agave and her sisters into exile, the family now all but destroyed. It fits you well. It was revived in Milan in Still not satisfied, though, Dionysus chastises the family one more time for their impiety and, in a final act of revenge, turns Cadmus and his wife Harmonia into snakes.

Even Pentheus is a kind of closet Dionysiac, fascinated by the stories he has heard of the orgies that the Maenads supposedly have on the mountains which, in this play, they do not. Foleywriting of the importance of Dionysus as the central character and his effect on the play's structure, observes: During his lifetime, Euripides saw the incursion of strong Asian and Near Eastern influences into cult practices and beliefs, and the god Dionysus himself still incompletely integrated into Greek religious and social life at that time mutated during this period, taking on new forms and absorbing new powers.

Zeus accordingly appears to her in the form of a bolt of lightning, and Semele is killed instantly.

The Bacchae: Theme Analysis

Agave then calls out for Pentheus to come marvel at her feat, and nail the head above her door so she can show it to all of Thebes. But Pentheus refuses to acknowledge this tendency in himself, which makes it easy for Dionysus to exploit his weakness and lead him on to his doom.

Even though she only enters the play at the very end, her scene is the most powerful and tragic in the play. He has also driven the women of Thebes, including his aunts, into an ecstatic frenzy, sending them dancing and hunting on Mount Cithaeronmuch to the horror of their families.

As the play ends, the corpse of Pentheus is reassembled as well as is possible, the royal family devastated and destroyed. When the stranger, Dionysus in disguise, is brought before the king, all the Theban women who were jailed suddenly and mysteriously find themselves free in a forest, where they proceed to worship Dionysus.

Influences[ edit ] The Bacchae had an enormous impact on Roman literature. Zeus accordingly appears to her in the form of a bolt of lightning, and Semele is killed instantly.

The play attempts to answer the question of whether there can be a space for the irrational within a well-structured and ordered space, either interior or exterior, and it depicts a struggle to the death between the forces of control restraint and freedom release. The Greek gods did not demand worship.

When villagers attempted to fight back, the women drove them off using only their ceremonial staffs of fennel. Euripides cleverly draws the audience's attention to the artifice of the play and to its conventions and techniques, while at the same time asserting the seductive power of that very artifice, both over the characters in the play and over the audience itself.

Still, they exist in their different forms simultaneously, so while the audience and the chorus hear the divine god give the command for the earthquake, the Stranger is inside the palace torturing Pentheus. It has been suggested that Euripides wished, in his old age, to reconcile himself to his countrymen, and to atone for his previous attacks on their religious beliefs.

Dionysus reveals that he has driven the women of the city mad, including his three aunts, and has led them into the mountains to observe his ritual festivities.

To some extent, the character of Dionysus himself effectively stage-directs the play, and emulates the author, costume designer, choreographer and artistic director of the play.

Pentheus intends to have him stoned to death.Read an in-depth analysis of Dionysus.

The Bacchae: Theme Analysis

Pentheus - Pentheus is the king of Thebes, son of Agaue, grandson of Cadmus and the first cousin of Dionysus. Structurally Pentheus is Dionysus's foil, thus he is a preserver of law and order, a military man, a stern patriarch, and ultimately a doomed mortal.

Complete summary of Euripides' The Bacchae. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Bacchae.

The Bacchae Summary

Detailed analysis of Characters in Euripides's The Bacchae. Learn all about how the characters in The Bacchae such as Dionysus and Cadmus contribute to the story and how they fit into the plot.

The Bacchae

Detailed analysis of Characters in Euripides's The Bacchae. Learn all about how the characters in The Bacchae such as Dionysus and Cadmus contribute to the story and how they fit into the plot.

Analysis and discussion of characters in Euripides' The Bacchae. Dionysus. Dionysus (di-eh-NI-suhs), also called Bromius, Evius, and Bacchus (BA-kuhs).He is a god of the general fertility of. The Bacchae: Theme Analysis, Free Study Guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis, complete summary analysis, author biography information, character profiles, theme analysis, metaphor analysis, and top ten quotes on classic literature.

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