Euripides - Beth White English 120 The Bacchae of Euripides...

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Beth White English 120 The Bacchae of Euripides Response The Bacchae of Euripides is a Greek tragedy about a king who defies and denies the god Dionysus, resulting in divine retribution. In the Prologue of the tragedy, Dionysus speaks about Euripides’ Bacchae . He gives the background needed for all readers including that he is currently in Thebes – the first Greek city to “receive his rites”. Before landing in Thebes, Dionysus was in Lydia, where the people honored him. The prologue also lets readers know that Dionysus’ parents are Zeus and Semele, and that Semele is currently dead. Additionally, he lets readers know that he is disguised as a mortal in order to fool the people. Following Dionysus’ speech, the chorus gives readers additional information about Dionysus. In Act 1, readers are presented with Tiresias and Cadmus, who are both old men. Cadmus resigned his throne and presented it to his grandson Pentheus and Tiresias also wants Cadmus to go along with him to celebrate the rites of Dionysus. Because Tiresias is blind and the rites are on Mt. Cithaeron, it is more than a want for company that prompts Tiresias asks Cadmus to go with him – even though Tiresias states that Dionysus will guide them. While on the trip, the two men discuss
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course ENGLISH 131 taught by Professor Peggyo'brien during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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