- 1 What is the main theme of the Bacchae?
- 2 What values are represented in the Bacchae?
- 3 What makes Bacchae a religious play?
- 4 What happened to Pentheus in Euripides Bacchae?
- 5 Why does Pentheus dressed as a woman?
- 6 What aspects of the god Dionysus do we see in the Bacchae?
- 7 Who is the tragic hero in The Bacchae?
- 8 Why is Dionysus in Thebes?
- 9 Does Pentheus deserve his fate?
- 10 What is Pentheus doing when his mother and aunts find him and kill him?
- 11 What is the major conflict in the Bacchae?
- 12 What prophecy does Cadmus hear after killing the serpent?
- 13 How is Pentheus killed?
- 14 How did Actaeon die?
What is the main theme of the Bacchae?
The play is sprinkled throughout with duality (oppositions, doubles and pairings), and opposite forces are major themes of the play: skepticism versus piety, reason versus irrationality, Greek versus foreign, male versus female/androgynous, civilization versus savagery/nature.
What values are represented in the Bacchae?
The Bacchae depicts a struggle to the death between the twin forces of control (restraint) and freedom (release), and permits Dionysus to provide an answer to this question.
What makes Bacchae a religious play?
The central conflict of The Bacchae can be seen as a religious one. The god Dionysus comes home to Greece bringing with him the religion he’s inspired all over Asia. When King Pentheus of Thebes refuses to worship him, the play erupts with violence.
What happened to Pentheus in Euripides Bacchae?
The tragedy is based on the Greek myth of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother Agave, and their punishment by the god Dionysus (who is Pentheus’s cousin). At the end of the play, Pentheus is torn apart by the women of Thebes and his mother Agave bears his head on a pike to her father Cadmus.
Why does Pentheus dressed as a woman?
Because of this, Pentheus imprisoned Dionysus, thinking the man simply a follower, but his chains fell off and the jail doors opened for him. Dionysus lured Pentheus, disguised as a woman, out to spy on the Bacchic rites, where Pentheus expected to see sexual activities.
What aspects of the god Dionysus do we see in the Bacchae?
Dionysus, the protagonist of the play, is the Greek god of wine, fertility, ritual madness, and theater. He inspires the kind of devotion in his followers, the Bacchae, that Pentheus can only dream of as king.
Who is the tragic hero in The Bacchae?
Pentheus is not a typical Greek antagonist. Sure he’s the guy that stands in the way of our hero and protagonist, Dionysus, making him a shoe-in for job. In a lot of ways, though, he more closely resembles a tragic hero than Dionysus does, at least according to Aristotle.
Why is Dionysus in Thebes?
Dionysus, the god of wine, prophecy, religious ecstasy, and fertility, returns to his birthplace in Thebes in order to clear his mother’s name and to punish the insolent city state for refusing to allow people to worship him.
Does Pentheus deserve his fate?
So Pentheus deserves his punishment because he was unwilling to accept a new ‘god’ and refused to worship someone he did not believe in and this resulted in his death but he did not deserve the way in which he was punished because it was his mother who was forced to do it and he was brutally ripped apart while in a
What is Pentheus doing when his mother and aunts find him and kill him?
Pentheus climbs a tree to peep in on the Maenads. The King’s aunts Ino and Autonoe take the lead in ripping off Pentheus ‘ legs and arms. His mom finishes him off by tearing his head from his shoulders with her bare hands.
What is the major conflict in the Bacchae?
major conflict Dionysus the protagonist arrives in Thebes to demonstrate his divinity and punish the family of Cadmus. The King of Thebes, Pentheus, is a violent opponent of Dionysian worship and rites.
What prophecy does Cadmus hear after killing the serpent?
What prophecy does Cadmus hear after killing the serpent? He found their slain bodies and the great serpent, and after a great struggle, Cadmus killed the snake. He stood staring at the snake when Athene descended and told him not to stare at the snake and warned that one day he would be a snake as well.
How is Pentheus killed?
Pentheus climbed up to the top of a tree for a better view of the Maenads but he was then spotted by the women who thought him to be a wild animal. Driven wild by this intrusion, the women tore the trapped Pentheus down and ripped his body apart, piece by piece (called “sparagmos” in Greek).
How did Actaeon die?
According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Actaeon accidentally saw Artemis (goddess of wild animals, vegetation, and childbirth) while she was bathing on Mount Cithaeron; for this reason he was changed by her into a stag and was pursued and killed by his own 50 hounds.