This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Female Rebellion And It's Impliactions In The Bacchae

980 words - 4 pages

Euripdies' The Bacchae is known for its celebration of women's rebellion and patriarchial overthrow, claims which hold truth if not supremely. The Thebans, along with other women, pursue the rituals and culture of Dionysus’s cult which enacts their rebellion against men and the laws of their community. However, this motion to go aginst feminine norms is short lived as they lose power. When Agave comes to her epiphany, Dionysus is the one who is triumphant over Pentheus's death, not Agave or her sisters These women must be punished for their rebellion against both men and community. This female power is weakened and the rebellion muted in order to bring back social order and also to provide ...view middle of the document...

Pentheus reacts extremely to the women even when first entering the play. He says, “I heard about strange new evels throughout the city--...I've shackled with chains all those I captured/and thrown them into public jails wher emy soldiers keep guard...After fastening them tight in nets of iron” (216-231).
For Pentheus, the best method of creating obedience is through boundaries and enclosure. Boundaries play an interesting role in The Bacchae as they serve as a guide between what constitutes as a good or bad member of society. The Theban women who have escaped to nature pose as particular threats since they've broken away from these preconcieved boundaries. They have been given particular powers not granted to those who confine to societal boundaries, particuarlily the ability to destroy and other magical powers granted by Dionysus. Pentheus and his citizens have no other choice but to suppress this rebellion in order to keep order within Thebes (despite the women's presence acting as an outside force). By exisiting outside the boundary, the women are also outside the line of normalacy and are granted supernatural powers which can control nature. The Theban women are reported to extract both honey and wine from nearby trees and rocks by tapping their thyrus. Their power wavers back and forth between tranquility and warfare, subconcious rituals allowing their destructive nature to release. Destruction for the Bacchant interestingly only occurs when they worship Dionysus through dance and are unable to control their own bodies. Animalistic tendies overcome their rationality and they act as savage hunters. In Pentheus's scene of destruction the women grow violent and, “One was carrying an arm,/ another a foot still in its hunting boot. The ribs were laid bare/by the tearing apart. All th ewomen, with blood-spattered hands,/were playing ball with Pentheus's hands” (1132-1136).
Female rebellion...

Find Another Essay On Female Rebellion and It's Impliactions in The Bacchae

Repression of Women in Euripides' The Bacchae

1226 words - 5 pages them with madness...The whole female seed of Thebes, I've driven frenzied out of house and home"(Bacchae 4). The fact that he appeared in human form as andrognyous (having the characteristics or nature of both male and female), no doubt aided his ability to lure the women into worshiping him. "Dionysus (is) a god associated with masks and characterized by softness, woman's curls and dress"(Source 5 ). "(Dionysus has) long, scented yellow

Sophocles´ Antigone and Euripides´ The Bacchae

1314 words - 6 pages Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ The Bacchae are indubitably plays of antitheses and conflicts, and this condition is personified in the manifestation of their characters, each completely opposed to the other. Both tragedians reveal tensions between two permanent and irreconcilable moral codes; divine law represented by Antigone and Dionysus and human law represented by Creon and Pentheus. The central purpose is evidently the association of

Women in Euripides' Alcestis, Medea, Andromache, and Bacchae

2885 words - 12 pages Euripides portrayal of women in his plays has been somewhat bizarre. His female characters kill out of revenge, kill out of jealousy and kill because a god possessed them too. In Alcestis and Andromache Euripides does produce classic heroic female characters. The women in Medea and The Bacchae are not your typical heroines but serve to show the same theme of female liberation as the women in Alcestis and Andromache. While Alcestis is straight

Factors Leading to the Rebellion in Burma and the Phillippines

1739 words - 7 pages Post-independence rebellions refers to insurgencies, by groups who either challenge the ruling power or other groups, out of political and social reasons, that occurs after a state has achieved recognized independence from a colonial power. In this essay, I will discuss the similarities and differences in the varying factors that led to the outbreak of rebellion in Burma and the Philippines. Independence of Burma from Britain was achieved on

Conformity and Rebellion in Conversion of the Jews

1314 words - 5 pages Conformity and Rebellion in Conversion of the Jews Though it seems like a stereotype, all teenagers, at some point, choose to rebel against authority figures or conform with their friends. Part of growing up means becoming the person God intends you to be and finding out how to survive, or be independent, on your own. Conformity and rebellion, two issues that each human being has experienced, have great effects not only on

Conformity and Rebellion in Antigone

977 words - 4 pages Would you rather not have conflicts in your life? Antigone is a play, based upon conflicts between the characters. Antigone is the sister of Polynices, who is dead. Polynices is considered a traitor to Creon and he doesn’t bury those who are against him. As conflicts occur, Antigone, Creon, and the Chorus argue on whether to have Polynices buried or not. Conflicts are a necessary part of life because of the changes that we run in to. It is

The Boxer Rebellion in China

1394 words - 6 pages trading rights. The Americans proposed an "Open Door Policy" where all nations would share China. Today, China is it is own country is a power in it is own right, with a huge say in world affairs. No doubt its experience in the Boxer rebellion as well as the two opium wars kindled its nationalistic feelings and sent it on it's long road to independence and power. http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Pool/6208/title_page.htm http://www.mrdowling.com/613-boxer.html

The Whiskey and Shay Rebellion

1348 words - 6 pages There were many rebellions in the United States history, some peaceful and some violent. Shays' Rebellion in 1786 and the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 are examples of two brutal rebellions that led to death of many innocent people. Rebellions can develop due to many conditions including unfair laws, unfair treatment, and a disagreement over a sensitive topic. The Shays' Rebellion showed the Articles of Confederation was too weak, while the

The Whiskey and Shay's Rebellion

1558 words - 7 pages The Whiskey and Shay Rebellion There were many rebellions in the United States history, some peaceful and some violent. Shays' Rebellion in 1786 and the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 are examples of two brutal rebellions that led to the deaths of many innocent people. Rebellions can develop due to many conditions including unfair laws, in this case the raised taxation of Whiskey, unfair treatment, and disagreements over sensitive topics. The Shays

Differences in the Male and Female Brain

682 words - 3 pages Differences in the Male and Female Brain It is proven that the male and female brains differ, but can one prove that it affects the behavior? Many scientists would agree that ones behavior is determined by his/her gender. Although others are convinced that social conditioning is the cause for the differences between the male and female, it is very unlikely that biological differences play no role in behavior. The male and female brains

It's about the increase of female criminals as a result of changing gender roles in society today

1413 words - 6 pages masculine goals of success and power. They learn to use crime as a short-cut to success. Economic pressures, combined with increasing numbers of female headed households, lead women to seek benefits of criminal activity as alternatives to hard work.Today women are more likely to become partners and entrepreneurs in crime than in the past. Traditionally women played subservient roles in the crime scene. They worked under the direction of men such as

Similar Essays

Otherness In Euripides' Bacchae And Soyinka's The Bacchae Of Euripides

800 words - 3 pages Otherness in Euripides'Bacchae and Soyinka's The Bacchae of Euripides   Both Euripides and Wole Soyinka are focused on a fundamental ethical imperative in their plays: welcome the stranger into your midst. Acceptance of Dionysus as a god, as "an essence that will not exclude or be excluded", is stressed (Soyinka 1). Pentheus is punished severely for excluding, for refusing to acknowledge or submit to, Dionysus' divine authority. In order to

Female Rebellion In Aurora Leigh And The Lady In The Looking Glass

788 words - 3 pages Female Rebellion In Aurora Leigh and The Lady in the Looking-Glass      Women of both the ages of Victorian and early Modernism were restricted from education at universities or the financial independence of professionalism. In both ages, women writers often rebelled against perceived female expectations as a result of their oppression. To lead a solitary life as a subservient wife and mother was not satisfactory for writers like

The Bacchae, Reactions And Interpretations Essay

2499 words - 10 pages beauty.It is difficult to know exactly what Euripides wanted his audience to get from The Bacchae, as being of ancient literature we have lack of sources that can inform us any more about the motive and meaning of The Bacchae. So Historians will apply their own interpretations of the play in the hope of getting to the meaning of the play. One such interpretation is "Female Rebellion in the Bacchae" written by Amy Lai. She is, as a woman influenced by

Comparison Between The Bacchae And The Medea

1266 words - 5 pages In Euripides’ The Bacchae and in the Medea, there are significant binary oppositions in both plays. Binary opposition is the two opposite terms, such as good versus bad. Binary opposition is used to present both sides of a contrast (Marvin, 1). In The Bacchae and the Medea, Euripides used binary opposition to highlight the central themes. The significant binary oppositions that are used are men versus women, foreigner versus citizen