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bacchae papper - proved easier than I thought it would...

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On Sunday March 9 th I saw the Bacchae in the Harlan Adams Theater. As a theater major I felt an obligation to see this classic Greek tragedy to both support my friends in the cast and further my knowledge about the theater and its earliest forms. I thoroughly enjoyed this particular production because of the beautiful portrayal and amazing choreography. The Bacchae is an interesting story of a demigod and the ignorance of a king. Bacchus or Dionysus as he is more commonly known now returns to his birthplace of Thebes to clear his mother’s name and punish it’s king Pentheus for not letting the Bacchae or his followers worship him. My first thought when entering the theater and knowing that I had to write this paper was “How am I going to compare the Bacchae to Shakespeare”. This feat actually
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Unformatted text preview: proved easier than I thought it would. First of all Shakespeare was majorly influenced by the early Greek works. In the Bacchae Pentheus dresses up like a woman in order to not be recognized by the women of Thebes on the mountain. Pentheus is killed by his mother who thinks she kills a beast. This is a case of mistaken identity which is prevalent in Shakespeare’s works especially the comedies. There are some similarities between Henry V and the Bacchae. Both plays contain a young and ambitious king that has just taken the throne and long to prove themselves to their respective constituencies. These similarities caught me by surprise and I think added to my experience as I watched the production....
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