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The Ecstasy of Reason Essay

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From the Bacchae, Euripides queries the power of god versus man and individual's allegiance to the gods. Pentheus is caught in a unique struggle of keeping authority within his own kingdom and keeping allegiance to his favored god Apollo. The look of Dionysus at Thebes raises a battle for Pentheus in that he cannot accept the power of a god besides the one he has selected to revere in his kingdom. Pentheus resists Dionysus ultimate authority as a show of solidarity with Apollo and the laws of reason versus Dionysus and the disruption of civil order. Pentheus is worshiped and revered in Thebes just as he reveres Apollo. Apollo represents rationality, law, order, stability and cultural enlightenment. Dionysus is the god of wine and joy and represents all that's foolish, chaotic, and physically pleasing. Dionysus takes possession of the girls of Thebes who've denied his godly descent from Zeus. He sees them as bacchanals and sends them into the hills to learn the rites of Bacchus, so that his prestige is likely to be more than that of Apollo in Thebes. Even a rumor reaches Pentheus that there is another controlling his people, specifically the girls. His immediate response is outrage and Pentheus yields to Thebes to find that the women have really left their houses for the hills, where they are believed to "frisk in mock ecstasies...in which they serve the lusts of men" (ln 210-220). Pentheus considers himself to be the protector of civilized society and doesn't want the Bacchae to disrupt the civic order and duty to which they are bound. Pentheus hostile response to the sensual liberation of the women by Dionysis is because of the tightly held belief that sexual energy should be repressed inside the c.. .

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