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Dramatic Irony – To the characters within the story, it seems as if Dionysus is the one who is being hunted down. However, Dionysus actually has full control over the situation and it is Pentheus who is actually suffering the wrath of the angered god. As the audience, we know that the “stranger” is actually Dionysus in disguise and that he is intentionally driving all the characters in the story to achieve his revenge against the Thebans. Imagery – The imagery within Bacchae shows how the gods were an all powerful being and signifies the importance of recognizing a god even under their disguise. At first, Pentheus completely disregards and mocks Dionysus of his female-like qualities (hair, skin, etc). However, under all the unmanly qualities hides a tremendous amount of power. On the other hand, when Dionysus tricks Pentheus into disguising as a woman, he loses all manliness (often linked with power) and authority and eventually gets “hunted” by the women driven mad by Dionysus.
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